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2017 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

2017 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

The Penfolds Collection

2017 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
Red Blend
Red Blend
Vintage
2017
2017
Volume
750mL
750mL
Awards
97 points - Tony Love
96 points - Andrew Caillard MW
94 points - Angus Hughson
92 points - Huon Hooke
2017 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2017 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz Back Label
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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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2017 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2017 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz Back Label

The Penfolds Collection

2017 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
Red Blend
Red Blend
Vintage
2017
2017
Volume
750mL
750mL
Awards
97 points - Tony Love
96 points - Andrew Caillard MW
94 points - Angus Hughson
92 points - Huon Hooke

Awards & Accolades

Taste Description

Taste Description

2017 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

Colour

Deep red.

Nose

Much more than a first-wave impression of blackcurrant/cassis cabernet-driven aromatics...

  • A second of chive, mustard spice, beeswax, lemon/honey tea and thyme flowers.
  • A third of cherry-wood, sarsaparilla, aniseed.
  • A fourth of wet cold steel and a wet peppercorn tree.
... all four unlocked, unravelled and liberated via time and air.

Palate

Full and rich. A custom-fitted generous mid-palate – mandated for this marque.

Flavours of a platter of charcuterie meats, pastrami dominating. Also vying for taste and textural attention – pomegranate, cranberry, Madagascan vanilla pod, liquorice straps.

This wine’s youthful profile tempered by softened and even tannins – from start to finish. And the judicious use of new oak.

Vintage conditions

2017 Vintage

Growing regions across South Australia experienced a cool and wet winter and spring, conditions which provided the vines with good soil moisture profiles. Several longstanding rainfall records across South Australia were broken. Spring was typically windy, which caused some challenges with fruit set, however it warded off any danger from frost. The prevailing cool conditions extended the growing season with flowering and veraison occurring later than the long-term average. Select regions took two weeks longer than usual from the advent of budburst to flowering. No heatwaves were recorded, with only a handful of days recording temperatures above 40 degrees. Warmer weather in March was welcomed, allowing grapes to finish ripening with great colours and varietal character.

Grape variety
54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Shiraz
54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Shiraz
wine analysis
Alc/Vol: 14.5%
Alc/Vol: 14.5%
Maturation
12 months in American oak hogsheads (29% new, 50% 1-y.o., 21% 2-y.o.)
12 months in American oak hogsheads (29% new, 50% 1-y.o., 21% 2-y.o.)

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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