Penfolds `Bin 389` Cabernet Shiraz 2010 (2 x 750mL), SA.

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.

Overview

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.

Region:
SA - Other South Australian
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

A 51/49% blend of cabernet sauvignon and shiraz sourced from seven regions in SA, matured for 14 months in American oak hogsheads (40% new). Shares the exceptional depth of purple-crimson colour with the other superstars of this vintage. It is full-bodied, with layer-upon-layer of flavour, yet has a plush, welcoming character. The perfectly ripe blackcurrant and blackberry fruit has a coat of Belgian chocolate, the oak already submerged under the fruit.

Rating 96 - Drink by 2045 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (FEB/2013)

Cabernet sets the stone in the 48th vintage of Bin 389 – in the ripe cabernet aromas and flavours and the firm tannins. But shiraz adds mid-palate richness and savoury, meaty complexity. It’s hard for any wine to stand Grange, but 389 blossomed over some days. The big guns outranked it, but it’s impressive and looks good for the cellar.

Grape variety: 54 per cent cabernet sauvignon; 46 per cent shiraz

Region: South Australia, including Coonawarra, McLaren Value, Langhorne Creek, Padthaway and Barossa.

Maturation: 12 months in 39 per cent new American oak hogsheads, 61 per cent older American oak.

Price: $58 - $65

Chris Shanahan, The Canberra Times (26/MAY/2010)

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Vibrant blood-red with a staining dark core.

Aroma

Complete. Initially difficult to separate aromatic components. Must be Bin 389! With aeration, an evocative barrel-ferment character separates above, prune/fig/dates/quince beneath, bridged by soy/hoisin sauce notes.

A pronounced freshness is immediately apparent. Scents of char-grilled, Italian vegetables (zucchini, eggplant) fleetingly distract. Stylish, and regardless of whether either ee or oo are used, both breeding and brooding are apt descriptors!

Palate

Full-bodied. A vinous web of cola, newly-tanned leather and dark-berried fruits. Minimal structural weave – little flavour space to fill, no gaps. Cabernet and Shiraz dovetail effortlessly. Vibrant, with a tangy freshness augmented by sculptured tannins, lively acidity, and respectful oak. Length, weight and texture sit well. Embellishment not required. Tasting is.

Cellaring

2015 – 2040.

Food Matching

H from Jock Zonfrillo, Executive Chef, Magill Estate Restaurant – located at the spiritual home of Penfolds, South Australia: Dry-aged grass-fed Longhorn beef rib eye, charred swede, wilted warrigal greens, caramelised oat emulsion.

Medals & Trophies

International Trophy for best red blend over £15, Decanter 2013