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, by the legendary Max Schubert, 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 judiciously balancing fruit and oak.
- SA - Other South Australian
- South Australia
Rating 97 - James Halliday - Published on 06 Oct 2014, Australian Wine Companion
Deep, dense crimson-purple; the profound bouquet offers every kind of black fruits imaginable, large and small, yet somehow leaves a space and air in the mix for more complex secondary characters to emerge given time - lots of it. The palate takes all this, and adds to it with barrel ferment characters introducing licorice and touches of wild herb. This wine fully lives up to the great expectations held of it (and the vintage). Arguably the bargain of the release.
Outstanding - Langtons
Bin 389 is the quintessential expression of the Penfolds red wine style. Typically it is fresh, generous and buoyant with ripe dark chocolate, dark berry fruit, beautifully extracted flavours, fine-grained tannins and underlying new oak characters. First produced in 1960, Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz is nicknamed “Poor Man’s Grange” or “Baby Grange” and is one of Australia’s great cellaring red wines. Bin 389 is matured in a combination of new and one and two year old American "ex Grange and Bin 707" hogsheads for 18 months. The best vintages can develop and improve for decades
Rating 91 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, eRobertParker.com #215, Oct 2014
Drink: 2015 - 2022
A blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon and 46% Shiraz made with fruit from Wrattonbully, Barossa, McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek and Robe that was aged 12 months in American oak hogsheads, 40% of which were new, the deep garnet-purple colored 2012 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz is slightly closed with the Cabernet / cassis leading the nose marked by warm red and black plums, Mediterranean herbs, pepper and cedar. In the mouth notes of vanilla and cedar wrap around the warm black fruit core that is framed by firm, chewy tannins and just enough acid. It finishes long.
Winery Tasting Notes
This is a multi-district blend, South Australia. Barossa Valley, Coonawarra, Padthaway, Robe, McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek and Clare Valley.
Deep and dense earthy red.
An exotic and unctuous mix of dates, prunes, and other Middle-Eastern dried fruits. Spices abound – musk, mustard powder, curry vanillin, Moroccan spices; dried herb. Cabernet and Shiraz varietal fruits tussle for attention… as they should.
Focussed/tight/fresh… perhaps most impacted by the blend’s Cabernet fruits and vibrant acidity. Confiture, marzipan, liquorice and aniseed flavours couple with those of roasted white meats – enhanced by barrel fermentation, sensitive oak accompaniment. Slatey tannins (not blocky) are splashed unobtrusively, yet propel length and character. Complete.
Drinking well now, but will improve with time.
18 months in American oak hogsheads (300 litres); 20–30% new, 70–80% 1- and 2-year-old oak, including barrels used for the previous vintage of Grange and Bin 707.
Stainless steel tanks with wax-lined/wooden header boards. Some components complete fermentation in barrel
Variety Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.