Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Padthaway Barossa McLaren Coonawarra Wrattonbully South Australia
Max Schubert recognized that blending Cabernet with Shiraz produced an alchemy that was greater than the sum of the parts. The highly perfumed Cabernet with it's firm structure and fine grainy tannins, mated majestically with the powerful and opulent, fleshy Australian Shiraz. In combination, they form a genre of their own, a wine of power, and generousity of fruit, richness, finesse and longevity. During the 1950s, an exciting time of experimentation at Penfolds afforded Max Schubert the resources to trial and create this Australian icon wine.
As always, the star performer in the Penfolds Bin lineup, consistently hitting the value and quality sweet spot of Penfold reds. Well worth queuing up for, this famous wine is a cepage of Cabernet and Shiraz grown to some of the finest vineyards in Australia. Built to a satisfying and consistent styling, Bin 389 has been revered by generations and continues to deliver in terms of quality. Major components this year are from Padthaway and the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra, Wrattonbully and Robe. Grapes are selectively harvested parcel by parcel, pursuing full flavours, structure and balance. The finishe Bin 389 is matured for twelve months in a mix of new and prior use American oak hogsheads. Alcohol 14.5%
Vermilion red, dense to the rim. A Penfolds nose with all the trimmings, formic/ferric, barrel ferment complexities, soy and demi glace pan scrapings. Scents of black licorice competing with corned beef brisket and peppercorn gravy, mushroom duxelle aromatics. Contented oak backstage, notwithstanding an important supporting role. Lively, intense, generous and vibrant fruits with volume.