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.
You can buy 10 of these for the price of one Grange. Revered as the “baby Grange” and for many a more accessible luxury red, this will totally blow you away right now as a ravishing Australian-style blend with glorious dark fruits and immaculate oak dressing all around and through it. Deep, dark, brooding and poised with all manner of dark exotic spices, once you delve further into its full-bodied richness you’ll find a wonderful mix of dark, spicy fruit, dark chocolate and licorice bullets, even mid-grained tannins and a lively, energetic finish. A stunning beauty. One of my wines of the year so far. Rating: 99 Points; Tony Love
Deep, dense crimson-purple; the profound bouquet offers every kind of black fruits imaginable, large and small, yet somehow leaves a space and air in the mix for more complex secondary characters to emerge given time - lots of it. The palate takes all this, and adds to it with barrel ferment characters introducing licorice and touches of wild herb. This wine fully lives up to the great expectations held of it (and the vintage). Arguably the bargain of the release. To: 2040; Rating: 97 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion
Deep crimson. Intense inky blackcurrant, praline, mocha, aromas with espresso, herb notes. Generous dark berry, dark chocolate flavours, fine dense chalky/ aldente textures, lovely mid-palate richness and underlying roasted walnut, mocha notes. Finishes chocolatey with a long graphite tannin plume. This is a substantial wine with beautiful expressive fruit, underlying oak complexity, superb richness, density and energy. A very strong and versatile Bin 389 vintage with wonderful aging potential. 20 years plus. Drink, keep and bequeath some! Rating: 96 Points; Andrew Caillard, MW
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