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  • Country ranking ?

    165
  • Producer ranking ?

    111
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2040
  • Food Pairing

    Roast lamb served medium-rare

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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. 

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. 

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

color

Deep, Purple and Bright

ending

Medium, Pure, Flavorful and Neutral

flavors

Blackcurrant, Cherry, Toasty, Mineral and Chocolate

nose

Youthful, Complex, Seductive and Generous

taste

Average in Acidity, Warming, High tannin, Balanced, Concentrated, Well-Integrated, Youthful, Full-bodied, One-dimensional, Refined, Focused, Elegant, Medium-Dry and Silky tannins

Verdict

Impressive and Fine

Written Notes

Is this Australia's most beloved wine? What serious cellar doesn't have at least a few bottles, though it is not the value it once was. Even with the price hikes, Gago says that they “cannot make enough 389 to satisfy any market on the planet”. It is always Cabernet dominant. This vintage, it is a near thing – 51/49 – but in some years, the Cabernet component is as high as 80%. American oak only – hogsheads – with 40% new. Very much the multi-regional blend with fruit from the Barossa, Coonawarra, Wrattonbully, Robe, McLaren Vale, Padthaway and the Adelaide Hills. First made in 1960. This was black and purple in colour. Full of delicious black fruits, spice, smoked meats, soy, leather and more. It moves into coffee beans, chocolate and licorice. There is serious concentration but it is also a plush wine throughout. Nicely balanced, though there are considerable tannins evident. Still tight, very young, intense, very long. Lovely wine and a great future.
  • 93p

The 2010 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet/Shiraz has an almost black colour, very inky. There is blackberry on the nose, and the eucalypt gives the Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon away. I never thought I would use the term 'fresh' in describing a Penfolds wine, but this wine is still vibrant at 10 years. The wine is elegant yet very full-bodied. The energy in the wine makes it long rather than round. The wine is not heavy, despite the 14.5% alcohol. The tannins are fine grained, and there is a long finish of black fruit.

  • 95p

Penfolds Bin 389 2010 / Deep crimson purple. Impressively powerful with intense blueberry, blackberry, liquorice aromas and dark chocolate, ginger, marzipan, oak nuances. A substantial palate with remarkable richness and concentration. Saturated blackberry essence, juicy fruit, liquorice, aniseed flavours are balanced by abundant ripe generous tannins and plenty of vanilla, malt, ginger oak notes. It finishes chocolatey firm with tremendous drive and depth of flavour. All the elements are in harmony. It’s delicious but ultimately this wine needs time to reveal its true potential. Keep.

Deep ruby. Spicy, rich, dark fruits, intense nose. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fresh and lively, spicey, fruity, rich, detailed and intense. 91
  • 91p
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Origin

Magill, South Australia

Vintage Quality

Above Average

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