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.
A genuine 389, whose sumptuous depth of vibrant dark fruit knits seamlessly with sweet chestnut/mocha/vanilla oak and a smooth, drying spine of loose-knit tannin. Deep and heady, it's scented with violets, liqueured cherries and dried herbs and steeped in flavours of dark plums, blackberries and cassis. Ripe but certainly not overcooked, it's supported by a creamy structure of firm, loose-knit tannins, finishing with lingering fruit and a dusty mouthfeel. South Australia. Drink: 2017-2025; Rating 95 Points; Jeremy Oliver
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