Penfolds Bin 389 2013

The Penfolds Collection

Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2013

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 was the wine that helped to forge Penfolds solid reputation with red wine drinkers combining the structure of Cabernet Sauvignon with the richness of Shiraz. Bin 389 also exemplifies the judicious balance of fruit and oak.

When To Drink

Drinking well now, but will improve with time. Peak drinking 2018 - 2035.

Taste Description

Deep dark magenta.

A first impression of dark fruits and chocolate, splashed by spices – cinnamon, vanillin pod, cola.
Then, a transient umami dabble – via cues of Worcestershire sauce/smoked Barossa bacon/beef cube.
To follow, a bruléed lift mirrored by scents of toasted brioche, soaked oats.
Intriguingly different, yet still Bin 389, albeit young/evolving at this perusal at an early stage.

Expansive, explosive, exotic…a Bin 389 triple-ex palate rating!
A wave/surge of fruits and spice unleashed – propelled by tomato and tahini paste flavours.
Juicy, succulent tannins engulf, alongside oak – adding volume, density. Mouth-coating in every sense.
Long and lingering.

Technical Information

Origin: Multi-regional blend, South Australia. From Barossa Valley, Wrattonbully, McLaren Vale and Coonawarra.

Maturation: 12 months in American oak hogsheads (53% new, 27% 1-y.o., 20% 2-y.o.).

Variety: 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Shiraz.

Vintage Conditions
After a dry South Australian winter reminiscent of 2006, vines were in water deficit at the beginning of spring and became accustomed to dry conditions quite early. Early budburst was noticeable across many regions and windy conditions during flowering were, in some regions, responsible for variable fruit set and lower than average yields come vintage. Dry spring conditions explained canopy growth and low yields, becoming typical of the 2013 growing season. Warm days were dispersed throughout October, November and in early January, contributing to an early start to the 2013 harvest and a short, condensed vintage. Dry and warm conditions, coupled with lower than average yields resulted in fruit showing strong, structural tannins and wines of great intensity and encouraging flavour.

Bin 389 is one of Australia’s great cellaring red wines.  First produced in 1960, its history is connected with the development of Grange and Max Schubert’s ambition of creating a ‘dynasty of wines which all bear an unmistakable resemblance to each other’.  

Named after its original binning compartment at Magill cellars, Bin 389 is the most popular wine in the Australian secondary wine market because of its heritage, consistency and reputation.