Penfolds `Bin 389` Cabernet Shiraz 1996 (3 x 750mL), SA

Bin 389 is a very traditional Australian blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz and today it is truly a multi regional blend drawing from as many as seven different regions depending on the vintage. Although quite different to Grange it is unmistakably Penfolds in style, with fleshy, ripe fruit flavours and chary oak.

This vintage of Bin 389 is outstanding and will rival the classic vintage of 1990 in the years to come.

97 points, Jeremy Oliver

95 points, James Halliday

Overview

Bin 389 is a very traditional Australian blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz and today it is truly a multi regional blend drawing from as many as seven different regions depending on the vintage. Although quite different to Grange it is unmistakably Penfolds in style, with fleshy, ripe fruit flavours and chary oak.

This vintage of Bin 389 is outstanding and will rival the classic vintage of 1990 in the years to come.

97 points, Jeremy Oliver

95 points, James Halliday

Region:
SA - Other South Australian
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

One of the very best 389s, this wonderfully deep, dark and savoury wine presents a sumptuous, seamless integration of intense spicy dark berry fruits, plums and licorice with smooth, smoky American oak and velvet-like firm tannins. Its restrained strength and balance suggest an exceptional future. Rating 97, Drink 2008 to 2016+, Jeremy Oliver

Medium to full red-purple; a dense wine on the bouquet with layers of earth, chocolate, berry and oak. Wonderfully sweet blackberry fruit is offset with sweet chocolate, and rounded off with sweet tannins and oak on the finish mark an exceptionally good Bin 389.

Rating 95 - Drink by 2016 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (MAR/1999)

Winery Tasting Notes

Rewards of Patience 6th edition, 2008

Colour

Deep red.

Aroma

Fresh, expressive wine with all the hallmarks of a 'Baby Grange'; lovely inky blackberry, meaty, cedar, graphite aromas.

Palate

Dense, rich, generous, sweet-fruit flavours, underlying malt oak and slinky, chocolaty tannins. This is a great vintage with incredible fruit power and energy.

Wine Background

Bin 389 is a very traditional Australian blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz and today it is truly a multi regional blend drawing from as many as seven different regions depending on the vintage. Although quite different to Grange it is unmistakably Penfolds in style, with fleshy, ripe fruit flavours and chary oak.

This vintage of Bin 389 is outstanding and will rival the classic vintage of 1990 in the years to come.

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