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

“A classy Bin 389 reflection of a relatively more elegant and refined South Australian 2012 vintage.”

“A year in which the American oak has minimal if any overt effect…could be French!”

“Divergent South-East and Barossa/McLaren Vale fruit sourcing; Two varieties, Cabernet and Shiraz; Yes, Bin 389!”


Most areas of South Australia, including Wrattonbully and the Barossa Valley, were impacted by lower than average rainfall across the winter period. This resulted in ideal stress through spring flowering. Variable conditions across all regions through October to December, merged to a mild summer with a few short periods of heat. The mild daytime temperatures and cool evenings across most of the ripening period allowed impressive flavour development without inflated baumés. Balanced canopies and fruit load provided even ripening throughout veraison. Warm dry conditions continued throughout harvest allowing fruit to be picked in optimal condition. Smaller berry and bunch sizes were noticeable in most regions. This, coupled with favourable weather conditions, induced great results for traditional quality markers – colour, tannin profile, fruit concentration and flavour depth.