Bin 389 was often referred to as ‘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 forge Penfolds reputation with red wine drinkers by combining the structure of cabernet sauvignon with the richness of shiraz. Exemplifying the judicious balance of fruit and oak, Bin 389 highlights the generous mid-palate Penfolds is known for.
|Varietal||Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz|
|Winemaker||The Penfolds Team|
|97 points||Tony Love|
|96 points||Andrew Caillard MW|
|94 points||Angus Hughson|
|92 points||Huon Hooke|
While most of the Penfolds big reds will be better enjoyed with a few years’ sleep and the magic of more bottle maturation revealed, this 389 is the “now” wine of the red siblings, lovely, assured and in the zone from the kick-off, yet capable of 20 more delicious years of faithful service as well. It’s the complete package, full-bodied yet sensitively blended, multi-SA regional cabernet sauvignon (54%) and shiraz, all from McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, Padthaway and Wrattonbully. Fine cabernet aromatics sing first – blue to black berry crush, subtle forest and leaf tones - before shiraz richness and generosity kicks in and softens the styles classic chewy tannins. Superb harmony and high-volume intensity, ready, set and go.
Andrew Caillard MW
Medium deep colour. Fresh dark cherry, blackberry, herb garden violet aromas with praline notes. Inky textured and velvety smooth with attractive dark cherry, cassis, blackberry fruits, underlying mocha dark chocolate roasted chestnut notes, loose knit slinky/ grainy textures, integrated mineral acidity and a long inky tannin plume. Text book 389 showing the balance between power and elegance. Will develop well. Drink 2022-2035.
Bright deep ruby. A reserved and savoury vintage of 389 showing baked earth, mulberry, spice and eucalypt fruits supported by supple oak. Quite juicy and acid driven in style with good tannin backbone it is a little reserved at the moment but has significant underlying power and length although needs a little time to come together. Drink 5-15 years.
Much more than a first-wave impression of blackcurrant/cassis cabernet-driven aromatics...
Full and rich. A custom-fitted generous mid-palate – mandated for this marque.
Flavours of a platter of charcuterie meats, pastrami dominating. Also vying for taste and textural attention – pomegranate, cranberry, Madagascan vanilla pod, liquorice straps.
This wine’s youthful profile tempered by softened and even tannins – from start to finish. And the judicious use of new oak.
Home to the oldest vines in the country, and no less than 18 wine growing regions, South Australia accounts for almost 50% of Australia’s wine production. The Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek and Coonawarra are well known for their world class reds, with Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley and Eden Valley praised for their exceptional Chardonnay and Riesling.
Growing regions across South Australia experienced a cool and wet winter and spring, conditions which provided the vines with good soil moisture profiles. Several longstanding rainfall records across South Australia were broken. Spring was typically windy, which caused some challenges with fruit set, however it warded off any danger from frost. The prevailing cool conditions extended the growing season with flowering and veraison occurring later than the long-term average. Select regions took two weeks longer than usual from the advent of budburst to flowering. No heatwaves were recorded, with only a handful of days recording temperatures above 40 degrees. Warmer weather in March was welcomed, allowing grapes to finish ripening with great colours and varietal character.
Key to the success of Penfolds has been a lineage of visionary winemakers. There have only ever been four Chief Winemakers at the helm of Penfolds – Max Schubert, Don Ditter, John Duval and Peter Gago, each a custodian of a rich winemaking tradition that goes back for more than 170 years.
Our current Penfolds winemaking team has more than 100 years between them as Penfolds winemakers. They are constantly refining and improving their work, whilst honouring the winemaking techniques of their predecessors.
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