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.
There is a dense cascade of fruit and oak – plums, black currants, olives, cinnamon, pan juices and licorice. Sourced from great vineyards all over South Australia but mainly the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Coonawarra. Famous for being the most collected and cellared wine in Australia, it ages well for 20 years in top vintages and good conditions and always delivers masses of flavour over a rich, mouth-coating bed of chocolatey tannin. This is an outstanding wine that deserves to be in your cellar.
"Nearly always the greatest buy of the release, Bin 389 is more closed this year than last year’s unusually perfumed effort. This is more on style for me with masses of dark berry fruits and those long grained tannins" Justin Knock MW
Origin: Barossa Valley, Wrattonbully, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra / South Australia / Australia
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon / Shiraz