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Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2016
  • Considered "Baby" Grange
  • Spectactularly balanced
  • Brilliant cellar potential

Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2016 x6

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Product Code: AR4616
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 - 2046

Varieties

51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 49% Shiraz

Alcohol

14.5%

Foods

Master stock poached pigeon, radish and spice.

Oak

12 months in American oak hogsheads (37% new)

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 biteattaque. Assam tea maltiness and tannins merge with impressions of wet slate, pencil leadgraphite 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.

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