Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz
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14.5% | 750ml
Bin 389 was often referred to as the baby Grange in part because components of the wine are matured in the same barrels that held the previous vintage of Grange. First made in 1960 by the legendary Max Schubert, this was the wine that helped forge Penfolds reputation with red wine drinkers by combining the structure of cabernet sauvignon with the richness of shiraz. Exemplifying the judicious balance of fruit and oak, Bin 389 highlights the generous mid-palate Penfolds in known for.
Bright, crimson red
Lifted, fragrant. Immediately Penfolds. Aficionados may quickly identify and proclaim 389.
Opulently: Trifle: layers of custard and port-wine dark jelly with flaked coconut and juniper/cassis.
Cake: old-fashioned hummingbird cake, with coconut flakes and nutty flavours.
Familial youthful Bin 389 oak, subtle matchstick and a hint of vanilla powder.
As they say, "what is there not to like?"
WHEN TO DRINK
Balance of the sweet (cabernet) and the savoury (shiraz).
Possesses what has now often been referred to as a black forest cake 2018 vintage flavour profile.
Darker fruits, closer to that of a black cherry liqueur than a creme de cassis component of Kir.
Flavours of roasted beetroot
Oak and tannins absorbed. Both are certainly present, yet not at all demanding their own space on this Bin 389 stage.
Maturation: American oak hogsheads (38% new)
Wine Analysis: Alc/Vol: 14.5%, Acidity: 7.1 g/L, pH: 3.59
Variety - 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Shiraz
98 Points - Andrew Caillard MW
97 Points - Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com
19+/20 Points - Matthew Jukes
96 Points - Ken Gargett, The World of Fine, Magazine
96 Points - Huon Hooke
96 Points - Tony Love
96 Points - James Halliday
96 Points - David Sly, Decanter Magazine