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
"Built in the fashion of Bin 389s of yesteryear; massive beams of fruit and oak to keep it going for decades; black fruits (no red) earth and a touch of licorice; tannins under control. Not a wine show style. Cork."
Rating 94 Drink 2024 - James Halliday, Wine Companion - Date Tasted Mar 07
Winery Tasting Notes
Dense and dark, and, at the time of tasting, still possessing a purple core.
The nose hints at Grange character, necessitating a re-look at the label/bottle! The supportive oak sits beautifully, seamlessly integrated. Stewed plum flavours meshed with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and whole black peppercorns (not ground). Would nuances of game terrine with pistachio shell be taking it a bit far? Surely not!
The palate is tight and full-bodied, persistent, long and forceful. The wine has impressive texture, with pronounced, well-defined powdery tannins and oak totally absorbed in a wash of liquorice and berried fruits. The 2004 Bin 389 is a true ‘Baby Grange’ release, as per the original style blue-print. Watch out 1996 and 1998, the 2004 approaches, accelerating in the overtaking lane!