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Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz (6 Bottles) 2015
  • Rated 97 points by James Hallliday
  • Rated 98 points by Andrew Caillard
  • Rated 96 points by Tyson Stelzer

Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz (6 Bottles) 2015 x6

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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. Bin 389 also exemplifies the judicious balance of fruit and oak.

Wine Region

SOUTH AUSTRALIA-OTHER

Drink Until

Peak drinking Now - 2037

Varieties

53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Shiraz

Alcohol

14.5%

Foods

Master stock poached pigeon, radish and spice.

Oak

12 months in American oak hogsheads (32% new, 37% 1-y.o., 31% 2-y.o.)

Colour

Deep dense magenta.

Nose

The very first impression? Instantly Penfolds. Some barrel-ferment nuances perhaps? A formic lift, V.A., regressive oak? Maybe all listed are guilty partners! Higher notes reveal custard tart and brúlée, courting meaty pan-scrapings. Yet beneath, a darker edge - black pudding, sweetbread, asphalt. Moreover, not just an 'offal' offering - an aromatic veil of satsuma plum, fig and quince paste aromatics liberally sprinkled above.

Palate

Enticing, inviting. A taste continuum of assorted flavours and textures. A spoil of fruits meshed with a grain-like paste - oats, barley, wheat germ. At once chewy and succulent, heightened by a mouth-watering acidity and overt 2015 'elongated' tannins. Oak barely perceivable. An interesting 'package' whereupon nothing stands out! A 'balanced completeness'!

Background

Autumn and early winter rainfall were above the long-term average. Rain stopped abruptly in early August with only light showers observed throughout spring. The dry and cool spring period affected canopy growth early in the season. Warm and dry conditions during flowering and fruit-set resulted in rapid grapevine growth and early flowering. A high rainfall event occurred in Coonawarra in January, mostly falling outside of veraison, and February delivered weekend heat spikes. Wrattonbully had a warm and generally dry ripening end to the season which allowed for the development on strong varietal flavours.

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