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.
- SA - Other South Australian
- South Australia
There is true depth of aroma and flavour in this wine, ranging from fragrant florals to menacing black fruits, all offset by sweet spices and well-handled oak; full-bodied, with full-throttle tannins, bright acid and an exceedingly long finish. This will cellar brilliantly, but is not likely to get the chance.
Rating 95 - Drink by 2030 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (JAN/2012)
Winery Tasting Notes
Dense dark red.
At once elevated, the nose is separated from the others in the Penfolds Bin family by the overt high notes of its barrel fermentation contribution. This is archetypal Bin 389 with notes of Maraschino marinated dark berries mixed with dark chocolate, bayleaf, black (Kalamata) olives and roasting pan juices. Oak and charcuterie elements effortlessly fill any aromatic gaps.
Ripe fig, blueberry and dark plum fruit flavours synergise to create an inky/dense palate with no rough edges. The oak, and plush tannins are at one with the wine, elliciting no one dominant feature and a seamless palate.
Stylistically a classic and complex Bin 389 - a proud flag bearer of this traditional Australian style.
Ideal with hearty meat dishes