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Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2018

Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz was often referred to as ‘Baby Grange’, in part because components of the wine are matured in the same barrels that held the previous vintage of Grange. First made in 1960 by the legendary Max Schubert, Bin 389, was the wine that helped forge Penfolds reputation with red wine drinkers by combining the structure of Cabernet Sauvignon with the richness of Shiraz. Exemplifying the judicious balance of fruit and oak, Bin 389 highlights the generous mid-palate Penfolds in known for. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (54%) and Shiraz (46%) grapes sourced from the McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, Padthaway and Wrattonbully wine regions matured for 12 months in American oak hogsheads. The 2018 Bin 389 is lifted and fragrant - immediately Penfolds - layers of custard and port-wine dark jelly with flaked coconut and juniper/cassis. The palate reflects a balance of the sweet (cabernet) and the savoury (shiraz) and possesses what has now often been referred to as a black forest cake 2018 vintage flavour profile. Darker fruits - closer to that of a black cherry liqueur than a crème de cassis component of Kir. Flavours of roasted beetroot – a venison sauce beetroot reduction … similar texturally to a congealed sweet fat (a custardy emulsion/film – not a grainy paste). Oak and tannins absorbed. Both are certainly present, yet not at all demanding their own space on this Bin 389 stage. Substantial, intense.

Wine File
Producer:
Penfolds
Country:
Australia
Region:
South Australia
Sub Region:
Barossa Valley
Style:
Red Wine
Primary Grape(s):
Cabernet Sauvignon , Syrah/Shiraz
Bottle Size:
75cl
Alcohol:
14.5%
Closure:
Natural Cork
Contains Sulphites:
Yes
Units Per Bottle:
10.9
£50.00

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Andrew Caillard MW
Andrew Caillard MW - Professional

98 Points
"Deep crimson. Intense pure blackcurrant, blackberry aromas with dark chocolate notes. Generously proportioned wine with dense inky cassis, blackberry mulberry fruits, plentiful chocolaty tannins, mocha espresso oak complexity, attractive mid-palate viscosity and superb mineral length. Finishes grainy firm. A classic powerful Bin 389 year with superb fruit complexity, density and attack. Should last the distance. An Australian wine tradition that rarely disappoints. The 2018 highlights exceptional sourcing and the beautiful partnership between cabernet sauvignon and shiraz where the wine represents far more than the sum of its parts. A landmark wine of the 2020 collection offering collectors and drinkers the quintessential Penfolds experience."