Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2016 Cork Bottle Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2016 Cork Bottle

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Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2016

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.

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When To Drink

Drinking well now, but will improve with time. Peak drinking 2020 - 2046.

Taste Description

Colour
Bright garnet.

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.

Scores

96 Points - Campbell Mattinson

96 Points - Huon Hooke

95 Points - Andrew Caillard MW

95 Points - Tyson Stelzer

94 Points - Anthony Rose, Decanter 

18.5+ - Matthew Jukes

16.5+ - Jancis Robinson

Winemaker Quotes

“Certainly not a definitive example Bin 389 of yore – this 2016 vintage release retains style yet pushes cabernet/shiraz blend boundaries … ever so deftly!””

“Coincidentally or otherwise, a Japanese ‘demeanour’ unfolded during preview tastings – many Japanese-linked descriptors availed, some used, others not.”

 “Quercus alba – are you sure?! …Savoury, sandalwood nuances noted. No doubt, however, about this wine’s captivating sheen/poise.”

- Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker

Technical Information

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

Maturation: 12 months in American oak hogsheads (37% new).

Wine Analysis: Alc/Vol: 14.5%, Acidity: 6.9 g/L, pH: 3.64

Variety: 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 49% Shiraz.

Vintage Conditions

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.

History

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. 

“ Certainly not a definitive example Bin 389 of yore – this 2016 vintage release retains style yet pushes cabernet/shiraz blend boundaries … ever so deftly!”

Peter Gago

Penfolds Chief Winemaker

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