Penfolds Bin 389 Vintages 2008 2011

Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz South Australia
The Poor man's baby Grange, so called because components of the wine are matured in the same barrels that 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 with the richness of Shiraz, Bin 389 also exemplifies Penfolds skill in balancing fruit and oak. Sculptured tannins, length, weight and texture sit well. Embellishment is never required. Experiencing is believing.
Penfolds are able to source quality fruit from a diverse range of vineyard sites, including some of the best and oldest vineyards in South Australia. Predominantly a Barossa Valley wine at one point, Bin 389 is now a multi district South Australian blend with fruit sourced from the wide expanse of old and premium vineyards across distinguished winegrowing districts. Over the last forty years, Bin 389 has developed a strong identity for its consistency, reliability and value. Wine consumers like it because it's delicious to drink, even when first released. Collectors appreciate it because the wine over-delivers on quality. As a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, it's a very Australian style of wine.
Deep plum red colour. The nose shows an enticing amalgam of warm climate Shiraz and cool ripened Cabernet fruit characters. The palate is complete, rich and mouthfilling, easily handling the prominent tannins and new oak. Blackcurrant Cabernet fruit is complexed by mouthfilling plum. A full bodied wine exhibiting a large burst of concentrated spicy, plummy Cabernet and Shiraz fruits which hang on the middle palate, leading to a finish that reveals spicy oak, liquorice and packed tannins with lingering flavours of chocolate and fruit.
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