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5 September 2013

Penfolds Bin 389 scoops top international trophy from Decanter magazine

Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2010 received a prestigious global accolade by Decanter magazine on September 4th, winning the International Trophy for best red blend over £15 at an awards ceremony held in London.  

The Decanter World Wine Awards is one of the industry’s most coveted international wine shows. The 2013 awards were judged by 219 wine experts from 27 countries including 75 Masters of Wine and 13 Master Sommeliers.    

A phenomenal 14,362 wines were entered from around the world with only 229 wines awarded a gold medal, of which 156 won a Regional Trophy. All Regional Trophy winners were then put forward for consideration for an International Trophy, only 32 of which are awarded (just 0.2% of the total entries). The judges scrutinise the wines up to four times before reaching their conclusions for the International Trophy.  

Penfolds Chief Winemaker Peter Gago said: “The Penfolds Winemaking Team is delighted with this tremendous accolade, with a 2010 Bin 389 release that we think gives our favourite (1990) vintage a run for its money. We’ve been making Bin 389 for over six decades and it continues to evolve, enchant, embrace and excite!”  

Penfolds Bin 389 is 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, this wine helped to build Penfolds reputation with red wine drinkers. Combining the structure of Cabernet with the richness of Shiraz, Bin 389 also exemplifies Penfolds skill in judiciously balancing fruit and oak.