Grapes: 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Shiraz. Region: Australia> South Australia> Barossa, Coonawarra, McLaren Vale. Notes: American Oak (38% new).
Description: 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 in known for. This release in 2020 commemorates the 60th anniversary since Bin 389 was first made.
"....this has a very impressively complete feel, a hallmark of the 2018 vintage wines, and there's a myriad of characters with cabernet's cedary and gently herbal notes sitting atop a core of rich red-plum and dark-berry shiraz fruit aromas. So integrated. The palate has a very silky texture, so plush and polished with a wealth of rich and intense dark-plum, dark-berry, and blackcurrant flavors. The oak is completely soaked with ripe, fresh fruit. This is a great Bin 389....." - 97pts. James Suckling, July 2020 (JamesSuckling.com)