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Bin 389 is often referred to as ‘Poor Man’s Grange’ or ‘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 to forge Penfolds solid reputation with red wine drinkers. Combining the structure of Cabernet Sauvignon with the richness of Shiraz, Bin 389 also exemplifies the judicious balance of fruit and oak.

If you love history, respect experience and believe in the magic of wine, this is a Penfolds release not to be missed. A substantial wine, almost Grange-like in stature, with intense dark berry, paraline, roasted chestnut, ginger aromas. Generous and refined yet seductive and beautifully balanced. This is a very strong Bin 389 with all the hallmarks of a great Penfolds vintage. Rating: 98 Points, Andrew Caillard, MW

389 again rises above the pack. In sheer persistence alone, this goes down among the great vintages of Bin 389. It’s one for the cellar, a season of concentration, deep structure and vibrant colour that upholds brightness and promises decades of longevity. Blackcurrant and blackberry fruits meet black plums and liquorice, set against a backdrop of dark chocolate oak. A wall of tannins, fine and firm, securely structured yet polished, coax out a finish of outstanding persistence and impeccable line. Wow. Price: $80.00; Rating: 96 Points; Tyson Stelzer

Deep red colour with a tinge of purple. The bouquet is savoury and lightly smoky, with some sooty, charcoal nuances and the faintest glimpse of cabernet blackberries. The palate is dense and almost chewy, thickly coated with tannin and filled with a good balance of savoury and fruit notes. The tannins really finish right out and the finale is long. A seriously good 389 for long cellaring. Rating: 95 Points; Huon Hooke



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