Grapes: 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 49% Shiraz. Region: Australia> South Australia> Barossa, Coonawarra, McLaren Valley. Notes: 12 months in American Oak (37% new).
Description: Bin 389 is 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.
An immediate ascent of scents – no need to wait or to vigorously swirl this wine to tease out ‘what lies beneath’!
Dark berry fruits consistent to both varietal persuasions (Cabernet and Shiraz) overtly courted by elements of ponzu, soy, sesame and dried shiitake mushroom. The palate exhibits flavors akin to marbled Kobe beef and earthy licorice root. The wine is completely “settled” and integrated with the oak elements with balanced acidity.
Bin 389 is by far the most celebrated Australian wine for the average collector in Australia. It is internationally known as “Baby Grange” for it’s complexity and connection to the Grange bottling.
“Drink some now, save some for later.”
Food Pairings: By itself, bbq, steaks, Peking duck, wild mushroom dishes, venison, etc.