Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2016
When Penfolds calls Bin 389 "one of Australia's great cellaring red wines" you have to sit up and take notice. The first release was in 1960 and its history is inextricably linked to Max Schubert's Grange and his ambition to create a ‘dynasty of wines which all bear an unmistakable resemblance to each other'. Bin 389 is often referred to as ‘Baby Grange' because components of the wine are matured in the same barrels that held the previous vintage of Grange. Always a classic and great value for a wine of such quality.
How to enjoy
More Information Food Pairing Lamb, Fetta, Cheery Tomato and Basil Pizza Serving Temp 15 - 18 degrees Standard Drinks 8.6 Variety Red Blend Region South Australia Vintage 2016 Country Australia Closure Screw Cap Size 750ml Brand Penfolds
- Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz is a terrific multi-regional blend
- A clever balance of fruit and oak, Penfolds Bin 389 is rich and full
- Penfolds Bin 389 is great to cellar so a fine gift for a red lover
Vintage 2016 - Deep, dense red/purple colour, with a bouquet of rich spice and chocolate and dark fruit aromas all well-balanced in the mix. The berries of cabernet and the earthy/spice of shiraz are both identifiable. It's a very full-bodied, rich, dense, concentrated wine, with lashings of tannins which are firm and gripping on the finish. A very long carry. A very big wine, massively structured and impressive, with great power and ageing potential. A wine that manages to tread the fine line between big structure and softness and accessibility. Still, I would cellar it a few years before broaching. (51% cabernet sauvignon, 49% shiraz) Drink 2021 to 2046.
Vintage 2016 - Bin 389 cracks the ton, in asking price terms. The rich (wo)man’s, poor (wo)man’s drink. Grapes sourced from Barossa Valley, Coonawarra, McLaren Vale, Padthaway and Wrattonbully. You don’t hear so much of Padthaway, that salty old dog, nowadays but it’s still important to the Penfolds red wine stable. 51% cabernet sauvignon, 49% shiraz. All American oak. Ah now you’ve done it. Stop it, just stop it. You look at the Bin 407 release from this vintage and think: that’s how it’s done. And then you add shiraz, and call it Bin 389, and the palate is boosted, the length is still there, the tobacco notes still light up, and with vanilla and cherry-plum notes tickling the cassis into a riot it suddenly feels irrepressible, like the premiership’s a cakewalk. It’s not a John Holmes wine; it’s not overdone. It’ a wine to slip through your defences, is what it is. It’s a cracker. This is why you blend cabernet with shiraz.