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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.
Drinking well now, but will improve with time. Peak drinking 2018 - 2035.
Deep dark magenta.
A first impression of dark fruits and chocolate, splashed by spices – cinnamon, vanillin pod, cola.
Then, a transient umami dabble – via cues of Worcestershire sauce/smoked Barossa bacon/beef cube.
To follow, a bruléed lift mirrored by scents of toasted brioche, soaked oats.
Intriguingly different, yet still Bin 389, albeit young/evolving at this perusal at an early stage.
Expansive, explosive, exotic…a Bin 389 triple-ex palate rating!
A wave/surge of fruits and spice unleashed – propelled by tomato and tahini paste flavours.
Juicy, succulent tannins engulf, alongside oak – adding volume, density. Mouth-coating in every sense.
Long and lingering.
Origin: Multi-regional blend, South Australia. From Barossa Valley, Wrattonbully, McLaren Vale and Coonawarra.
Maturation: 12 months in American oak hogsheads (53% new, 27% 1-y.o., 20% 2-y.o.).
Variety: 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Shiraz.
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.