Provenance: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Created by the legendary Max Schubert - creator of Penfolds Grange - 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, this was the wine that helped to build 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.
- SA - Other South Australian
- South Australia
"Spicy blackcurrant, cassis and redcurrant fruits; supple, ripe tannins; very well handled oak."
Rating 93 Drink 2021 - James Halliday, Wine Companio - Date Tasted Mar 04
Winery Tasting Notes
Forebodingly deep and dark red with a purple core.
White chocolate, vanilla pod, and loganberry conserve fruits, flanked by spicy oak in support. The inky youthful intensity, with airs of dried fruits, black olives and tarriness suggest much yet to arise as the wine unfolds into its maturity.
Delivers the intensity and opulence suggested by the aroma. Layers of blackcurrant, blueberry and reduction stocks are set against a firm base of ripe tannins and finely integrated oak. An impressively solid finish with an inky, complexity and wonderful length. A prime candidate for classic Bin 389 status and long term development in the bottle.