Exquisite parcels of Bock 20 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, Koonungal Hill and Kalimna Vineyard Barossa Shiraz were identified and separately vinified at Magill and Nuriootpa in open and closed headed down fermenters. Towards dryness, the wine was racked into 100% new oak where the wine completed fermentation. After malolactic fermentation, individual components were classified and then selected for inclusion into the Bin 60A blend.
The release of the 2004 Bin 60A following the epic 1962 Bin 60A is old news now, but the wine was looking very fine indeed when I tasted it so I thought I’d add a note. Blended of 56% Coonawarra Cabernet from Block 20 and 44% Barossa Shiraz from Koonunga Hill Block 56G and Kalimna Blocks 4 and 14, the wine was matured in 100% new American oak hogsheads for 13 months. Very deep purple-black in color, it offers restrained notes of game, smoked meat, earth, blackberry and black currant liqueurs, yeast, marmite-toast plus whiffs of dried lavender, cedar and bark. Very crisp, very tight and very firm, this taut medium-bodied wine is still all structure at this stage, going very long and earthy in the finish. Give it time and consider broaching it from 2014. It should drink well into the 2030s if not beyond. Date: Dec 2010; Drink: 2014-2030; Rating: 99+ Points; Lisa Perrotti-Brown; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz Bin 60A Kalimna is a blend of Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon (56%) and Barossa Shiraz (44%). Its blackberry, blueberry, tar, lead pencil shavings, licorice, and spice box-scented bouquet is followed by a wine boasting an unctuous texture buttressed by decent acidity as well as fabulous extract and richness. This stunning blend should have a minimum of three decades of aging potential and be a true collector’s item for many years to come. Date: Oct 2006; Drink 2006 - 2036; Rating: 98 Points; Robert Parker; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate.
A superbly balanced and assembled wine of massive power, structure and texture. Its dense aromas of brilliant cassis, violets, sweet vanilla/chocolate oak and dark olives are still closed but tightly focused, backed by undertones of white and black pepper, walnuts and prunes. Dense and deeply packed, its long and assertive palate of deep blackcurrant and plum-like flavour is framed by a firm, drying, powdery astringency, finishing with just a hint of prune and currant. A worthy and perhaps unexpected addition to this historic bloodline.(Coonawarra, Barossa Valley) Drink: 2024-2034+; Rating: 97 Points; Jeremy Oliver
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