Penfolds Bin 389 2011

Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa McLaren South Australia
For over half a century, Bin 389 has developed a strong identity for its consistency, reliability and value. Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz has earned a reputation among wine consumers and collectors as an Australian classic. With all its ripe fruit, richness and generosity, the wine has been much loved over several generations of wine drinkers, 389 is delicious to drink, immediately upon release. This great and famous wine over delivers on quality, the enduring Aussie accord of Cabernet and Shiraz, it's a very new world style of wine of the highest peerage.
Bin 389 epitomizes the Penfolds winemaking philosophy, vis a vis the artisanal craft of multi vineyard assemblage. Whilst the individual regional characters are completely integrated, it is ultimately the personality and structure of the fruit that really matters. Bin 389 is crafted to traditional methodolgies, Cabermet and Shiraz are vinified in headed down fermenters, some batches complete ferments in barrel to enhance the complexity, richness and integration of fresh new oak. Components are then matured in a high proportion of completely new American oak hogsheads for a year, many of the older seasoned barrels having conspicuously aged the previous vintage of Grange. Alcohol 14.5%
Dense deep red colour. Complex and true, brimming with mocha/coffee ground aromatics, heightened by tar/bitumen black notes. Appealing char and creamy, vanillin oak in the background. A flurry of fruits, spice and varietal markers abound. Voluminous and powerful, a sensory stratification of layers, separated via time-of-detection and unravelling flavours. At first, Christmas pudding with roasted nuts, then rare lamb and black olives, then sarsaparilla spice. Tannins awashed, oak absorbed, fruit awakened.
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