Penfolds Bin 389 2012 CONFIRM 2012 VINTAGE

Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Wrattonbully Barossa McLaren Langhorne Robe South Australia
Outstanding Langtons Classification. The Poor man's baby Grange, so called because components of Bin 389 are matured in the same barrels which held the previous vintage of Grange. First made in 1960, this was the wine that helped to build Penfolds solid reputation with true red wine enthusiasts. Combining the structure of Cabernet Sauvignon with the richness of Shiraz, Bin 389 articulates the skill of the Penfolds team in balancing fruit with oak. Sculptured tannins, length, weight and texture sit well. Embellishment is never required, experiencing is believing.
Bin 389 is the Australian Grand Vin, a selection of the best parcels from the finest vineyard sites, by a winemaking team steeped in the ethos and tradition of a great Australian style. Berries that are characterised by thick skins, royal purple in colour, offering elegant flavours derived from ideal growing conditions, Cabernet Sauvignon provides the structure and palate length. Shiraz grapes, akin to small black pearls, provide the intensity, opulence and flesh. A collation of fruit from Wrattonbully and the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek and Robe, the final assemblage is treated to a year's maturation in a high proportion of new American oak hogsheads.
Deep and dense earthy red. Exotic and unctuous nose of date and prunes, dried middle eastern fruits, spices abound, musk, mustard powder, curry and vanillin, Moroccan spice. Focussed, tight and fresh palate, confiture and marzipan, liquorice and aniseed flavours, roasted meats, enhanced by barrel ferments and sensitive oak. Slatey unobtrusive tannins contribute character and length. A classy Bin 389, elegant and refined.
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