Provenance: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Full-bodied with trademark sweet mid-palate ‘evolved’ fruits - concentrated cherry liqueur and brandied fruits - fused with dark, bittersweet chocolate. Grainy tannins, well managed oak and a lovely balance complete the structural impression.
- AUS - Multi-regional
- South Australia
"Assertive mocha-like oak. Palate is swamped with oak too. Currants, vanilla, toast and coffee – nice structure, nice flow through the mouth, but far too much fresh oak. Gorgeous, red-fruited tannins though. It might take ten years, but it could well turn into quite something. Score is an each-way bet. If the fruit wins out, it’s a pearler. If the oak continues to dominate …"
Rating 92 - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, 2009
Winery Tasting Notes
A tightly structured wine with generous fruit character matured for 13 months in American oak casks including those that held the previous vintage of Penfolds Grange.
Deep brick red.
Meaty and savoury aromas intermesh with cinnamon and anise over a base of generous, sweet berried fruits, complemented by wafts of freshly stewed plum and beetroot. Subtle oak - barely discernable and at one with the wine.
Full-bodied with trademark sweet mid-palate ‘evolved’ fruits - concentrated cherry liqueur and brandied fruits - fused with dark, bittersweet chocolate. Grainy tannins, well managed oak and a lovely balance complete the structural impression.
Created by the legendary Max Schubert - creator of Penfolds Grange - Bin 389 is often referred to as ‘poor man’s Grange’ (‘baby Grange’ in the U.S.) because components of the wine are matured in the same barrels that held the previous year’s Grange.
First made in 1960, this was the wine that built Penfolds’ solid reputation with red wine drinkers. Combining the structure of Cabernet with the richness of Shiraz, Bin 389 also exemplifies Penfolds’ skill in balancing fruit and oak. A classic Australian style with a clear Penfolds identity.