Region: Predominantly Coonawarra, McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek, Padthaway and Barossa
Tasted: March 2010
Closure: Screw Cap
I buy more Bin 389 than any other Penfolds wine. The most consistent and most celebrated of Australia’s definitive Cabernet Shiraz blends is also the best value wine under that famous bright red Penfold’s cap (and now, at last a screw cap). In distinction, style and longevity, 389 flies closer to Penfold’s icon wines than its Bin series. With a pedigree of forty-eight consecutive vintages it has proven that this is a wine for long-ageing and 2007 is no exception. There is always an explosion of new American oak when 389 is released. Another year will help its edgy, well-defined blackcurrant and capsicum Cabernet fruit and its peppery Shiraz to edge forward but it will take more than a decade for its looming tannins and powerful oak to subside. When it does, this will be a wine that transcends the reputation of this vintage, albeit a lesser 389 than the three preceding releases.