2011 Tasting Notes

Created by the legendary Max Schubert - creator of Penfolds Grange - Bin 389 is often referred to as 'Poor Man's Grange' or '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, this was the wine that helped to build Penfolds solid reputation with red wine drinkers. Combining the structure of Cabernet with the richness of Shiraz, Bin 389 also exemplifies Penfolds skill in balancing fruit and oak.


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Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz is the classic South Australian red wine: a magical marriage between elegant cabernet sauvignon and generous shiraz.

With thick skins, royal purple in colour, and elegant flavours derived from ideal grape-growing conditions, cabernet sauvignon provides the structure and palate length. Shiraz grapes, akin to small black pearls, provide the intensity, opulence and flesh.

First made in 1960, Bin 389 has a reputation for consistency and longevity and has earned its well-deserved moniker, ‘baby Grange’, from time spent maturing in oak hogsheads used the previous vintage for Grange. This much-loved, beautifully consistent style shows all the hallmarks and benefits of cross-varietal blending and for many wine drinkers, it is their preferred Penfolds wine.

Bin 389 is an Australian Grand Vin; a selection and interpretation of the best parcels from the best vineyard sites, by a winemaking team steeped in the ethos and tradition of a great Australian wine style.

 

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Penfolds Red in Class of Own Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2007

Chris Shanahan, 26 May 2010, The Canberra Times

Cabernet sets the stone in the 48th vintage of Bin 389 – in the ripe cabernet aromas and flavours and the firm tannins. But shiraz adds mid-palate richness and savoury, meaty complexity. It’s hard for any wine to stand Grange, but 389 blossomed over some days. The big guns outranked it, but it’s impressive and looks good for the cellar.

Grape variety: 54 per cent cabernet sauvignon; 46 per cent shiraz
Region: South Australia, including Coonawarra, McLaren Value, Langhorne Creek, Padthaway and Barossa.
Maturation: 12 months in 39 per cent new American oak hogsheads, 61 per cent older American oak.
Price: $58 - $65

  • Wine Name & Year
  • Show Name & Year
  • Award & Class
  • Penfolds Bin Range Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2005
    The Great Australian Red 2008
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    Trophy Details
    The Great Australian Red 2008
  • Penfolds Bin Range Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2005
    The Great Australian Red 2008
    TROPHY
    Trophy Details
    The Vintage Cellars Trophy for the Best Wine over $50
  • Penfolds Bin Range Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2004
    Wrest Point Royal Hobart International Wine Show 2006
    GOLD - Class 19
  • Penfolds Bin Range Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2006
    The Great Australian Red 2009
    GOLD
  • Penfolds Bin Range Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2005
    The Great Australian Red 2008
    GOLD
  • Penfolds Bin Range Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2006
    Perth Royal Wine Show 2009
    GOLD - Class 48
  • Penfolds Bin Range Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2005
    National Wine Show of Australia 2007
    GOLD - Class 30
  • Penfolds Bin Range Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2007
    Royal Queensland Wine Show 2009
    GOLD - Class 57
  • Penfolds Bin Range Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2005
    Royal Queensland Wine Show 2008
    GOLD - Class 57