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  • Country ranking ?

    102
  • Producer ranking ?

    23
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Lamb

The Story

Bin 389 is often referred to as ‘Poor Man’s Grange’ or ‘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 build Penfolds solid reputation with red wine drinkers.

Combining the structure of Cabernet with the richness of Shiraz, Bin 389 also exemplifies Penfolds skill in judiciously balancing fruit and oak. 

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Always a star and deservedly one of Australia’s most popular fine wines. Amazing quality for a wine that tops the 100,000 case mark annually. Chocolate, spices, black fruits, axle oil, and well-integrated oak. Has excellent length, fine tannins, good balance and a taut, appealing texture. It may not be the ridiculous bargain it once was but it is still great buying. Every cellar should have some.

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  • 95p

Ruby. Scented, beautiful red berries, violets, fruity, fresh and detailed, spices and some vanilla. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, vanilla, spices, fruity, dark berries and spices, rich and ripe with this leaner red berries and violets mid palate, rich and fruity finish, long. Beautiful vintage for the 389. 92

  • 92p

Deep colour. Intense blackberry, mulberry praline aromas with liquorice notes. Dense and voluminous with dark plum, blackberry, mulberry flavours, plentiful fine grained textures, and praline, roasted chestnut, mocha/ espresso notes. Finishes chocolaty firm with bitter-sweet chinotto notes. A very seductive wine, well and truly in the 389 groove, with lovely richness, presence, oak balance and density to develop further. 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Shiraz. Now-2030

  • 95p

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Origin

Magill, South Australia

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2014  ( Penfolds  )

Ruby. Scented, beautiful red berries, violets, fruity, fresh and detailed, spices and some vanilla. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, vanilla, spices, fruity, dark berries and spices, rich and ripe with this leaner red berries and violets mid palate, rich and fruity finish, long. Beautiful vintage for the 389. 92

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92p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2014  ( Penfolds  )

Deep ruby. Scented, fruity, red berries, blackberries, floral notes, charming and elegant nose. Fresh. Acidity, ripe tannins, ripe, fruity, dark berries and spices, long. 93

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92p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2014  ( Penfolds  )

Deep ruby. Scented, fruity, red berries, blackberries, floral notes, charming and elegant nose. Fresh. Acidity, ripe tannins, ripe, fruity, dark berries and spices, long. 93

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92p
 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2014  ( Penfolds  )

Deep ruby. Scented, fruity, red berries, blackberries, floral notes, charming and elegant nose. Fresh. Acidity, ripe tannins, ripe, fruity, dark berries and spices, long. 93

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 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2014  ( Penfolds  )

Deep colour. Intense blackberry, mulberry praline aromas with liquorice notes. Dense and voluminous with dark plum, blackberry, mulberry flavours, plentiful fine grained textures, and praline, roasted chestnut, mocha/ espresso notes. Finishes chocolaty firm with bitter-sweet chinotto notes. A very seductive wine, well and truly in the 389 groove, with lovely richness, presence, oak balance and density to develop further. 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Shiraz. Now-2030

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95p
 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2014  ( Penfolds  )

Always a star and deservedly one of Australia’s most popular fine wines. Amazing quality for a wine that tops the 100,000 case mark annually. Chocolate, spices, black fruits, axle oil, and well-integrated oak. Has excellent length, fine tannins, good balance and a taut, appealing texture. It may not be the ridiculous bargain it once was but it is still great buying. Every cellar should have some.

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