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2016 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

2016 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

2016 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

Bin 389 was 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 forge Penfolds reputation with red wine drinkers by combining the structure of cabernet sauvignon with the richness of shiraz. Exemplifying the judicious balance of fruit and oak, Bin 389 highlights the generous mid-palate Penfolds in known for.

Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz
Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz
Vintage
2016
2016
Volume
750mL
750mL
2016 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz
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Put simply, Bin 389 manifests all that is Penfolds… a wine that so many of us have grown with. This style extolls the wisdom of blending, as it does the synergies afforded by varietal and sourcing freedom.”

– Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker

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2016 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

2016 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

Bin 389 was 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 forge Penfolds reputation with red wine drinkers by combining the structure of cabernet sauvignon with the richness of shiraz. Exemplifying the judicious balance of fruit and oak, Bin 389 highlights the generous mid-palate Penfolds in known for.

Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz
Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz
Vintage
2016
2016
Volume
750mL
750mL

Taste Description

Taste Description

2016 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

Nose

An immediate ascent of scent – no need to wait or to vigorously swirl this wine to tease out ‘what lies beneath’! Dark berry fruits consistent to both varietal persuasions, (cabernet and shiraz), overtly courted by elements of ponzu, soy, sesame and dried shiitake mushroom.
Senses are easily conveyed to a forest after rain – wet bracken, liberated mulch, damp soils. Naturally (new and used) oak plays a (minor) role in this fanciful aromatic romp.

Palate

Flavours and textures akin to marbled Kobe beef and an earthy accompaniment of black liquorice root and anise.
Structurally bold with little protruding – integrated, fine … and has comfortably already “settled into place”.
‘Appetising’ acidity – a non-intrusive and refreshing granita-like bite/attaque.
Assam tea maltiness and tannins merge with impressions of wet slate, pencil lead/graphite … no doubt somehow linked to earlier partial barrel fermentation and oak maturation.
Needs time, as per most Bin 389’s at release. Perhaps a little longer for this vintage? Our recommendation – your choice.

Vintage conditions

2016 Vintage

Autumn and winter were dry and cool across South Australia’s growing regions. Record low rainfall prevailed through September to March. These conditions delayed the start of the growing season in the Barossa Valley and other warmer regions. However, in cooler Coonawarra, budburst, flowering, veraison and harvest were all earlier than is usually expected. Warm conditions prevailed across all regions in the early part of the summer allowing vines to develop healthy canopies and good bunch set. Late rain in January and early February was a welcome relief across South Australia. Temperatures in spring and early summer were above the long-term average, resulting in an early harvest for shiraz. Cooler conditions followed from mid-February which suited the later ripening cabernet sauvignon. Grapes across all the main growing regions were able to ripen evenly and develop desirable flavours.

Grape variety
51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 49% Shiraz
51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 49% Shiraz
wine analysis
Alc/Vol: 14.5%
Alc/Vol: 14.5%

The Bin 389 Story

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.

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