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 Padthaway, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra, Wrattonbully and the Barossa Valleyy. 53% cabernet sauvignon, 47% shiraz. All American oak, 25% new. Seamless release. It draws everything together in the most agreeable of ways. Currants and plums, mint and various fragrant herbs, vanilla, cedar, blood orange and licorice. The sweet core of fruit is extended by the tannin rather than abrupted. It’s in the zone. It feels complete. And that blood orange note, choc-orange almost but not quite, evident on both the nose and in the mouth, is quite mesmerizingly delicious. Tasted: July 2021; Alcohol: 14.5%; Price: $100; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2026-2038+; Rated: 95 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
53/47% cabernet sauvignon/shiraz; from Padthaway, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra, Wrattonbully and the Barossa Valley. Matured 12 months in 25% new American oak hogsheads. There is a resolute conviction to Bin 389, a confident assuredness that transcends its seasons like no other wine around it in the Penfolds line-up, its consistency grounded in the almost even marriage of its 2 constituents. The 2019 vintage exemplifies this, a seamless harmony between the tension and fine-boned structure of cabernet and the body and depth of shiraz, yet embraced here in seamlessly interlocked harmony. A sea of glorious Penfolds tannins float a finish that is both expansive and far-reaching. Another grand 389 for the cellar! Drink to: 2049; Price: $100.00; Date Tasted: July 2021; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 96 Points, Tyson Stelzer; James Halliday Wine Companion
Deep crimson. Fresh blackcurrant, mulberry, black cherry, dark chocolate aromas with roasted chestnut, cedar, liquorice notes. Full bodied and evenly balanced wine with inky cassis, mulberry black cherry fruits, fine grainy slightly grippy tannins, attractive mid-palate volume and roasted chestnut cedar wood notes. Finishes vigorously firm with plentiful sweet fruit notes. Quite muscular in attack but has the density and the richness to carry the tannins. A dark horse vintage with the shape of Bin 389 and the torque of Bin 707. Rating: 96 Points; Andrew Caillard MW
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