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.
Grapes sourced from Barossa Valley, Coonawarra, McLaren Vale, Padthaway and Wrattonbully. 54% cabernet sauvignon, 46% shiraz. All American oak, 29% new. So here we are again. In the 175thyear of Penfolds. A new edition of Bin 389 in the glass there. The pitch, it’s perfect. Scrunch gum leaves and super ripe blackcurrant, vanilla cream and red licorice all together and then snap them fresh, and strap them tight. There’s tobacco here, there are violets, there’s kirsch. It’s bold, it’s not without elegance, and it’s hard not to conclude that it’s pretty much bang on. Tasted: Aug 19; Alcohol: 14.5%; Price: $100; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2022-2035+; Rated: 94 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
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