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.
Deep colour. Intense blackberry, mulberry praline aromas with liquorice notes. Dense and voluminous with dark plum, blackberry, mulberry flavours, plentiful fine grained textures, and praline, roasted chestnut, mocha/ espresso notes. Finishes chocolaty firm with bitter-sweet chinotto notes. A very seductive wine, well and truly in the 389 groove, with lovely richness, presence, oak balance and density to develop further. 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Shiraz. Drink: Now-2030; Rating: 95 Points; Andrew Caillard MW
The great Bin 389. The wine that brings label collectors and wine enthusiasts together; it performs at auction and performs in the glass. This release is sourced from the Barossa Valley, Wrattonbully, McLaren Vale and Coonawarra. Cabernet is (just) the main driver in the blend, taking a 53% share. This 2014 release spent 12 months in American oak, 53% new. In a word: yes. It’s a complete wine. It’s drenched in fruit and groans with tannin. It lays dark-but-powdery chocolate notes over blackcurrant, soy, mint and plum. There’s a leafiness, almost a spiciness, but it’s gentle, it’s seamless. It’s powerful but neat; it’s silk wrapped around an anvil. No fuss. No hesitation. This release sees Penfolds Bin 389 in top form. Tasted: Oct 2016; Alcohol: 14.5%; Price: $90; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2022-2042; Rating: 96 Points; Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front
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