Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

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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, by the legendary Max Schubert, 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 judiciously balancing fruit and oak.
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Origin A multi-district blend, South Australia. Barossa Valley, Coonawarra, Padthaway, Robe, McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek and Clare Valley.
Maturation 18 months in American oak hogsheads (300 litres); 20–30% new, 70–80% 1- and 2-year-old oak, including barrels used for the previous vintage of Grange and Bin 707.
Fermentation Stainless steel tanks with wax-lined/wooden header boards. Some components complete fermentation in barrel
Variety Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.
First Vintage 1960.
90+ points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (US) Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2011
96 points 2014 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion (Australia) Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2010
International Trophy for Best Red Blend over £15 and Gold Medal Decanter World Wine Awards (UK) Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2010
Gold Medal and Trophy - Australian Red Blend – Best Value 2013 Decanter Asia Wine Awards (Hong Kong) Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2010
Gold Medal 2013 International Wine and Spirits Challenge (UK) Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2010
91 points Wine Spectator Magazine(US) Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2010
95 points 2013 James Halliday's Wine Companion (Australia) Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2009
91 points Wine Spectator (US) Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2009
95 points Wine Companion Magazine (Australia) Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2005

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Behind Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

Peter Gago
Penfolds Chief Winemaker

"Texture/extract defies vintage!"

"A wine from the 2011 vintage that overtly benefits from Bin 707 relegation… sssh – don’t tell anyone!"

"If only we could make more…"


With above-average winter rainfalls and cool conditions that followed during the spring period, South Australian regions generally experienced a later budburst and disease pressures impacted to varied degrees across the state. Meticulous vineyard management was critical. Spring soil moisture levels resulted in healthy shoot growth and early canopy development. Healthy vegetative growth continued during the cooler spring months and delayed veraison and berry development in the New Year. A few warm days at the end of January guaranteed the completion of veraison and commencement of the ripening season. Multiple rain events, often isolated, meant that attention to sub-regional detail was required and selective harvesting of pristine fruit. Low baumes at harvest coincided with flavour development. With a focus on warmer regions, McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley fruit sourcing prevailed.