2019 Penfolds, Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz, Australia

2019 Penfolds, Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz, Australia

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2019 Penfolds, Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz, Australia

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Bin 389 is often considered a “baby Grange”, with some of the wine matured in the same barrels that held the previous vintage of Grange. It demonstrates Penfolds’ masterful balance of fruit and oak.  

One of the wines I eagerly await to taste from the Penfolds portfolio, year on year, is the Bin 389 – a.k.a. ‘The Baby Grange’. As expected, the nose is delightfully ripe and expressive. It has layers of succulent, sweet fruits: red cherry and blackcurrants are joined by subtle, savoury hints of cured meats and tapenade. The palate is luscious and initially a touch spicy, with incense and liquorice present, toasted oak, vanilla and sweet berry fruits. The longer it’s left, more of the Cabernet fruit comes through, with a striking menthol/eucalyptus tone to the mid-palate. A dash of wet earth and smoke define the lengthy finish, with well-integrated, slightly chewy, chalky tannins providing a neat framework to this excellent effort. Superb.

Drink 2023-2035+

Dominic Goddard-John, Private Account Manager

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Critics reviews

Jancis Robinson16.5++/20
Wine Advocate92+/100
Decanter95/100
Vinous94/100
Jancis Robinson16.5++/20
Dark, glowing purplish crimson. The Cabernet element is pretty dominant on the nose. Then the palate is full of rich, ripe blackcurrant fruit before finishing with really tight, dry tannins. This is one for the cellar. Do not attempt to open this for quite a while!

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (July 2021) Read more
Wine Advocate92+/100
A blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon and 47% Shiraz, the 2019 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz was sourced from Padthaway, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra, Wrattonbully and Barossa Valley and aged a year in American oak hogsheads (25% new). Some cool, mentholated notes lead the way, closely followed by cassis and blackberries, then hints of vanilla and cedar on the finish. It's medium to full-bodied, and generally pretty silky in feel, with a gentle dusting of drying tannins.

Drink 2024 - 2035

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (July 2021) Read more
Decanter95/100
With its seamless textural slide across the palate, this is a superb example of what is considered a distinctly Australian blend, showing both generosity and serious intent. A magnificent full nose leads to a lively dance of red plums over blue and black fruits, although the strong acid spine results in a rather sharp finish. Time in the cellar will reveal more integrated harmony between the essential elements.

Drink 2021 - 2045

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Vinous94/100
Saturated ruby. Expressive, smoke- and spice-accented cherry, blackcurrant and floral oil scents are complemented by suggestions of cured tobacco and licorice. Sweet, seamless and penetrating on the palate, offering intense bitter cherry, dark berry and savory herb flavors that take a sweeter turn with air. Shows excellent focus and a touch of smokiness on the long, gently chewy finish, which features repeating florality and slow-building tannins. Made in all American oak hogsheads, 25% of them new.

Drink 2027 - 2040

Josh Raynolds, Vinous (July 2021) Read more

About this WINE

Penfolds

Penfolds

Penfolds enjoys an iconic status that few New World producers have achieved. Established in 1844 at the Magill Estate near Adelaide, it laid the foundation for fine wine production in Australia.

The winemaking team is led by the masterful Peter Gago; it has the herculean task of blending the best wines from a multitude of different plots, vineyards and regions to create a consistent and outstanding range of wines. Its flagship wine, Grange, is firmly established as one of the finest red wines in the world.

Under Gago’s stewardship, the Penfolds range has evolved over time. Winemaking has moved away from New World heat and the sort of larger-than-life style that can mask individuality; the contemporary wines instead favour fine balance and typicity for the region or grape.

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South Australia

South Australia

At 72,000 hectares, South Australia is the engine room of the country's wine industry, responsible for 43 percent of its vineyards and encompassing some of Australia’s most famous fine wine regions.

One of the most important areas in qualitative terms is the Barossa Valley, beginning 50km north-east of Adelaide, and famous for its full-bodied Shiraz, as well as for its Grenache and Mourvèdre. To the east, the cool Eden Valley is home to some really fine Riesling and top-class Shiraz, such as that made by Henschke. To the north of Barossa is the Clare Valley, also a source of good Riesling but home to well-structured reds as well.

South-east of Adelaide lies the delightful vineyard area of the Adelaide Hills, where fine Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir are produced by wineries such as Petaluma and Llangibby EstateLanghorne Creek to the east of Adelaide has earned a reputation for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Verdelho and Shiraz while, between Adelaide and the sea, McLaren Vale is a noted area for red wines.

The unique vineyard region of Coonawarra lies 400km south-east in an area of pure limestone topped by a loose, red topsoil. Cool enough to resemble Bordeaux, this area produces great Cabernets and Merlots and is much in demand. Slightly to the north and to the west lie the regions of Padthaway and Mount Benson respectively, which enjoy similar success as sources of great white wines, especially ChardonnayWrattonbully however is known for its fresh, varietally-pure Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

However it’s the less-distinguished Riverland region that accounts for 50 percent of the state’s wine production.

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Cab.Sauvignon

Cab.Sauvignon

The most famous red wine grape in the world and one of the most widely planted.

It is adaptable to a wide range of soils, although it performs particularly well on well-drained, low-fertile soils. It has small, dusty, black-blue berries with thick skins that produce deeply coloured, full-bodied wines with notable tannins. Its spiritual home is the Médoc and Graves regions of Bordeaux where it thrives on the well-drained gravel-rich soils producing tannic wines with piercing blackcurrant fruits that develop complex cedarwood and cigar box nuances when fully mature.

The grape is widely planted in California where Cabernet Sauvignon based wines are distinguished by their rich mixture of cassis, mint, eucalyptus and vanilla oak. It is planted across Australia and with particular success in Coonawarra where it is suited to the famed Terra Rossa soil. In Italy barrique aged Cabernet Sauvignon is a key component in Super Tuscans such as Tignanello and Sassicaia, either on its own or as part of a blend with Sangiovese.

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