Penfolds

Bin 389 South Australia Cabernet Shiraz

9.2826 ratings
9.0114 pro ratings
South Australia, Australia
Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Hard Cheese
Top Notes For
Bob McDonald

At 17 years of age full of vim and vigour. A perfect mature blend of currant and mocha (oak). Almost resolved tannins but will be good in another 5 years at least. This is the last of a dozen bought on release. Very Good. Better than the 2000 and not quite as good as the excellent 2002.

At 17 years of age full of vim and vigour. A perfect mature blend of currant and mocha (oak). Almost resolved tannins but will be good in another 5 years at least. This is the last of a dozen bought on release. Very Good. Better than the 2000 and not quite as good as the excellent 2002.

Aug 1st, 2018
Bob McDonald

A lovey amalgam of aromas of blackberry mocha and aniseed which follow through onto the full bodied palate - very much the DNA of mature Penfolds. Not sure that anybody does the Cabernet Shiraz Blend better than they do. The Yalumba Signature would come close. Going to a Yalumba Dinner tonight so it will be good to reacquaint with the Signature. This was more enjoyable than its more expensive elder brother the Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet from the same year, 1996, drank recently - the latter lacking finesse. 69% Cabernet Sauvignon; 31% Shiraz.

A lovey amalgam of aromas of blackberry mocha and aniseed which follow through onto the full bodied palate - very much the DNA of mature Penfolds. Not sure that anybody does the Cabernet Shiraz Blend better than they do. The Yalumba Signature would come close. Going to a Yalumba Dinner tonight so it will be good to reacquaint with the Signature. This was more enjoyable than its more expensive elder brother the Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet from the same year, 1996, drank recently - the latter lacking finesse. 69% Cabernet Sauvignon; 31% Shiraz.

Jun 6th, 2018
Scott Rowe

Spicy. Time has been kind to this bottle.

Spicy. Time has been kind to this bottle.

Mar 18th, 2018
Sean Genn

Huge tannins and dark fruit. Will need some time to soften

Huge tannins and dark fruit. Will need some time to soften

Feb 4th, 2018
Stephen Howell

Manager Vintage Cellars Applecross, Perth, Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW)

9.4

Not your average day trying this one.
1998, Awesome!
Ultra fine and soft tannins carpet a well balanced mouthful of stewed plums with an acidity that is still very fresh. Maybe four years older than I would choose to drink it but still loved it.

Not your average day trying this one.
1998, Awesome!
Ultra fine and soft tannins carpet a well balanced mouthful of stewed plums with an acidity that is still very fresh. Maybe four years older than I would choose to drink it but still loved it.

Jul 31st, 2017
Craig Mitchell

Big Aussie blend. This one a touch subdued from a fruit point of view but a big lick of alcohol and big tannins.

Big Aussie blend. This one a touch subdued from a fruit point of view but a big lick of alcohol and big tannins.

Jul 24th, 2017
Mike R
9.1

Ok first time tango with this beast - had some heat - let it breathe for 2 hours and opening up - not sure I am believer but two other times I had a higher version of their cab Shiraz I liked it - this time I am on the fence - give you this much - it can pack a fruit bomb punch - so got my Wednesday smiles going on

Ok first time tango with this beast - had some heat - let it breathe for 2 hours and opening up - not sure I am believer but two other times I had a higher version of their cab Shiraz I liked it - this time I am on the fence - give you this much - it can pack a fruit bomb punch - so got my Wednesday smiles going on

Jul 12th, 2017
Patrick Dolan

51% cab 49% Shiraz. It's a baby grange made from grape that don't make ultra hard and expensive grange classification and uses same barrels. Very rich stewed fruits and notes of blackberry and raspberry. Smooth and complex with outstanding finish and overall taste.

51% cab 49% Shiraz. It's a baby grange made from grape that don't make ultra hard and expensive grange classification and uses same barrels. Very rich stewed fruits and notes of blackberry and raspberry. Smooth and complex with outstanding finish and overall taste.

9 people found it helpfulFeb 19th, 2013
Michael Short

On my deathbed I wish to be surrounded by loved ones... and a few bottles of Penfolds Bin 389

On my deathbed I wish to be surrounded by loved ones... and a few bottles of Penfolds Bin 389

4 people found it helpfulDec 16th, 2015
Rob Mondavi

Owner/President of Winemaking Folio Fine Wine Partners

8.1

Adequate wine, good value. Loads of fruit.

Adequate wine, good value. Loads of fruit.

2 people found it helpfulJan 8th, 2014