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Penfolds `Bin 389` Shiraz Cabernet 1999 (1x 750ml), SA. cork

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Condition: Cellared

Buyers premium: 17.50%

Lot Number: 0067-2475971

Part of Sale: Start Spring with these Sparklings

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Liquor Act 2007: It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years. Liquor licence LIQP770010049

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Overview

Full-bodied with trademark sweet mid-palate ‘evolved’ fruits - concentrated cherry liqueur and brandied fruits - fused with dark, bittersweet chocolate. Grainy tannins, well managed oak and a lovely balance complete the structural impression.

Region:
AUS - Multi-regional
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

"Assertive mocha-like oak. Palate is swamped with oak too. Currants, vanilla, toast and coffee – nice structure, nice flow through the mouth, but far too much fresh oak. Gorgeous, red-fruited tannins though. It might take ten years, but it could well turn into quite something. Score is an each-way bet. If the fruit wins out, it’s a pearler. If the oak continues to dominate …"

Rating 92 - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, 2009

Winery Tasting Notes

A tightly structured wine with generous fruit character matured for 13 months in American oak casks including those that held the previous vintage of Penfolds Grange.

Colour

Deep brick red.

Aroma

Meaty and savoury aromas intermesh with cinnamon and anise over a base of generous, sweet berried fruits, complemented by wafts of freshly stewed plum and beetroot. Subtle oak - barely discernable and at one with the wine.

Palate

Full-bodied with trademark sweet mid-palate ‘evolved’ fruits - concentrated cherry liqueur and brandied fruits - fused with dark, bittersweet chocolate. Grainy tannins, well managed oak and a lovely balance complete the structural impression.

Wine Background

Created by the legendary Max Schubert - creator of Penfolds Grange - Bin 389 is often referred to as ‘poor man’s Grange’ (‘baby Grange’ in the U.S.) because components of the wine are matured in the same barrels that held the previous year’s Grange.

First made in 1960, this was the wine that built 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.

Vintage
1999
Region
AUS - Multi-regional
Grape Style
Shiraz / Syrah
Closure Type
Cork closure
Alcohol
14%

Winery Profile

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Australia's winemaking history of less than two hundred years is brief by European measures though, like Europe, punctuated by periods of extreme success and difficult times. From the earliest winemaking days Penfolds has figured prominently and few would argue the importance of Penfolds' influence on Australia's winemaking psyche.

Without the influence of Penfolds the modern Australian wine industry would look very different indeed. Sitting comfortably outside of fad and fashion, Penfolds has taken Australian wine to the world on a grand stage and forged a reputation for quality that is without peer.

Penfolds' reputation for making wines of provenance and cellaring potential might suggest a mantle of tradition and formality is the preferred attire of a company with so much history to defend. But to label Penfolds as simply an established and conventional winemaker, would be to confuse tradition with consideration and to overlook the innovative spirit that has driven Penfolds since its foundation, and continues to find expression in modern times.

If there is anything traditional about Penfolds, it is the practice of constantly reviewing the wines it already does well, and continuously evolving and refining styles as vineyards mature and access to ever older and more varied vineyard sites improves.

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Bidding History

Bidding Details Bid Time Bid Price Bid Qty Win Qty
T.N - Bentleigh VIC19/09/2019 5.42.29 PM AESTAU $74 11
D.B - Bexley NSW18/09/2019 9.51.04 AM AESTAU $59 10
M.R - Windsor QLD18/09/2019 7.32.32 AM AESTAU $19 10
S.O - Caringbah South NSW17/09/2019 10.09.47 PM AESTAU $14 10
A.R - Maroubra NSW17/09/2019 9.58.45 PM AESTAU $9 10
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