Origin: McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, Padthaway, Coonawarra, Robe, Wrattonbully / South Australia / Australia
Grapes: 57% Cabernet Sauvignon/43% Shiraz
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
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.
Granted, Bin 389 had its turn last year with its 60th Anniversary. And yet we can’t really ignore this release that follows … Bin 389, a perennial overachiever in any vintage. Indeed, a very good follow on to the 2018 Bin 389 – only the vintage numerics and fruit sourcing setting them apart. Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker
A blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon and 47% Shiraz, the 2019 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz was sourced from Padthaway, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra, Wrattonbully and Barossa Valley and aged a year in American oak hogsheads (25% new). Some cool, mentholated notes lead the way, closely followed by cassis and blackberries, then hints of vanilla and cedar on the finish. It's medium to full-bodied, and generally pretty silky in feel, with a gentle dusting of drying tannins. 92 pts Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate