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Penfolds `Bin 95` Grange Hermitage 1989 (2 x 750mL), SA.

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Condition: Cellared

Buyers premium: 17.50%

Lot Number: 0024-2472211

Part of Sale: Pennies from Heaven ~ Grange, St Henri, Bin 389 & More

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The 1989 Grange Hermitage is already beginning to show some attractive maturation characters and is developing a little sooner by comparison to its more robust 1988 and 1990 counterparts.

Sourced from premium vineyards in South Australia, the 1989 Penfolds Grange is predominantly Shiraz with a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon. It has the typical solid structure and strength of character to age gracefully over the next decade or so, with correct cellaring, to produce another classic Grange.

SA - Other South Australian
South Australia

Expert Reviews

"A very hedonistic, almost decadent style of Grange, this blend of 91% Shiraz and 9% Cabernet Sauvignon from three grape sources - Kalimna in the Barossa, Penfolds' other sources in the Barossa, and McLaren Vale - is a gorgeously opulent, almost Pomerol-like Grange with an over-ripe characteristic to the fruit. Cherry liqueur intermixed with cranberry and cassis presented in a seductive, full-bodied, very soft, forward style is truly not the classic Grange in the sense of having huge structure and massive concentration, but this wine is loaded, very corpulent, and fleshy. The wine is going to last for up to two decades, but it will be uncommonly succulent and delicious to drink young, as it was several months ago. Among the young vintages of Grange, this is perhaps the most flattering wine that they have produced over the last 20 years, at least for such a relatively young wine. Anticipated maturity: now-2018."

Rating 93 Drink Now to 2018 - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate - Date Tasted Feb 2002

Winery Tasting Notes


Medium crimson.


Fresh aromatic redcurrant, musky, tea leaf aromas with some liquorice.


Lovely early drinking Grange with redcurrant confit, blackcurrant pastille flavours, plenty of fruit sweetness, underlying vanillin oak and chocolaty, dense, dry tannins.

SA - Other South Australian
Grape Style
Shiraz / Syrah
Closure Type
Cork closure

Winery Profile

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From humble beginnings in the 1950s, Grange has maintained its place as Australia's most prestigious red wine over five decades. Today, it is a wine of international renown, with each vintage eagerly awaited by collectors both in Australia and overseas.

Penfolds Grange is a wine of extraordinary dimension and power. Richly textured, intensely concentrated and packed with fruit sweetness, these wines, regardless of vintage, require medium to long-term cellaring. They develop into immensely complex, beguiling wines that seduce the senses.

An Australian icon, Grange represents a tradition in winemaking that is totally uncompromising. Grange has bypassed the fads and trends of modern winemaking in the sense that it has maintained an integrity of style and remained true to its origins in the mind of Max Schubert. Penfolds Grange is the quality standard against which all other Australian red wines are judged. To share a mature Grange, 15 to 20 years old, in fine condition, is one of the great wine experiences.

Chris Shanahan, 26 May 2010, The Canberra Times“It has an inky deep colour, overwhelming aroma and flavour impact of ripe, dense, sweet fruit, mouth-flooding tannins, distinctive flavour of American oak and a buoyant lift. This is a great wine of rare dimension. Over many decades, it will mellow and grow paler, becoming more fragile and ethereal.”

Penfolds Bin 95 Grange

The wine market was changing rapidly by the late 1940s, as soldiers returned from the war and new immigrants settled in Australia. Max Schubert, then a young winemaker at Penfolds, returned to Europe after the war to investigate winemaking. The mission was to learn about sherry production, however a side trip to Bordeaux led to Schubert experimenting with a long-lived red wine that he called Grange.

Schubert looks back on the 1950s Grange years as exciting years of discovery, faith, doubt, and ultimately triumph. In contrast, the 1960s were a period of vindication and Grange stole a march on the rest of the Australian wine industry by setting an incomparable benchmark for longevity, concentration and balance.

Penfolds Grange is Australia’s pre-eminent first growth. It is a very perfumed concentrated wine, which combines the intensely rich fruit and ripe tannins of shiraz with the fragrance and complementary nuances of new, fine-grained American oak. Partial barrel fermentation takes place at the tail-end of primary fermentation. It weaves the two elements together producing a meaty complexity and roundness of flavours on the palate.

A portion of cabernet sauvignon is used in some years to enhance the aromatics and palate structure. After vindication the wine is matured in new American oak hogshead for around 20 months. The best vintages last for more than 50 years.

Top Vintages

2010, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2002, 1999, 1998, 1996, 1991, 1990, 1986, 1980, 1976, 1971, 1966, 1963, 1962, 1955, 1953. The experimental and hidden Granges are extremely rare

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Bidding History

Bidding Details Bid Time Bid Price Bid Qty Win Qty
F.N - SYDNEY NSW28/05/2019 8.39.54 PM AESTAU $789 11
s.l - baulkham hills NSW28/05/2019 8.35.27 PM AESTAU $779 10
a.b - macmasters beach NSW28/05/2019 7.45.21 PM AESTAU $769 10
m.s - Essendon VIC28/05/2019 6.03.18 PM AESTAU $639 10
e.p - Nerang QLD28/05/2019 6.36.12 PM AESTAU $629 10
D.J - St Kilda VIC27/05/2019 3.48.09 PM AESTAU $529 10
T.N - Bentleigh VIC27/05/2019 2.45.13 PM AESTAU $519 10
j.k - wurruk VIC26/05/2019 3.18.20 PM AESTAU $509 10
T.W - FLOREAT WA24/05/2019 2.15.31 PM AESTAU $429 10
R.M - Stones Corner QLD23/05/2019 11.26.36 PM AESTAU $319 10
a.s - Malvern East VIC22/05/2019 7.13.53 PM AESTAU $209 10
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