Penfolds

Bin 389 South Australia Cabernet Shiraz

9.2882 ratings
9.1123 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

Buried a dozen of this in the back of the cellar and still have 9 bottles left after this one. Great intensity yet still medium weight. Mocha Chocolate savoury plum and herb garden. A sweet medium to full bodied palate with fine grained Tannins. Just cruising at 17 years of age from a cooler vintage which resulted in a longer hang time for the grapes. Resolved Tannins. Penfolds say this will live until 2030. Lovely wine.

Buried a dozen of this in the back of the cellar and still have 9 bottles left after this one. Great intensity yet still medium weight. Mocha Chocolate savoury plum and herb garden. A sweet medium to full bodied palate with fine grained Tannins. Just cruising at 17 years of age from a cooler vintage which resulted in a longer hang time for the grapes. Resolved Tannins. Penfolds say this will live until 2030. Lovely wine.

Sep 15th, 2019
Bob McDonald

From Polar’s old Australian Tasting - all tasted blind. I picked this as 2002 of the options offered. This is incredibly latent and showing much younger than 1996. Notes of dark chocolate and blackberry still with firmish Tannins. At least another 5 years in this.

From Polar’s old Australian Tasting - all tasted blind. I picked this as 2002 of the options offered. This is incredibly latent and showing much younger than 1996. Notes of dark chocolate and blackberry still with firmish Tannins. At least another 5 years in this.

Aug 10th, 2019
Bob McDonald

From Dr Peter’s old Australian tasting. More power in this one showing its relative youth at only 11 years. Dense in colour and flavour from a warmer year. Medium + intensity- Powerful and long - mocha and berry with a long journey ahead.

From Dr Peter’s old Australian tasting. More power in this one showing its relative youth at only 11 years. Dense in colour and flavour from a warmer year. Medium + intensity- Powerful and long - mocha and berry with a long journey ahead.

Aug 10th, 2019
Bob McDonald

At Dr Petes’s old Australian Tasting. Tasted blind - picked as a St Henri incorrectly. Still powerful. Didn’t pick the Cabernet component. Savoury berry - resolved Tannins Mocha blended in. Most impressive.

At Dr Petes’s old Australian Tasting. Tasted blind - picked as a St Henri incorrectly. Still powerful. Didn’t pick the Cabernet component. Savoury berry - resolved Tannins Mocha blended in. Most impressive.

Aug 10th, 2019
Bob McDonald

I had one of these only 3 weeks ago - see previous notes but will add a few here. Have another 10 of these so will only record every 3rd one over the next 5 years or so. Looks way younger than 17 years apart from the tawny edges. Mocha, Chocolate and fading Black Currant. Some herbal notes finishing with powdery Tannins. 389 is a good example of choosing between youthful power and black fruits or more savoury balanced aged characters. No answer is correct - up to the individual. I can see the charms of both approaches. After a couple of hours in decanter - intoxicating aromatics. Excellent Wine.

I had one of these only 3 weeks ago - see previous notes but will add a few here. Have another 10 of these so will only record every 3rd one over the next 5 years or so. Looks way younger than 17 years apart from the tawny edges. Mocha, Chocolate and fading Black Currant. Some herbal notes finishing with powdery Tannins. 389 is a good example of choosing between youthful power and black fruits or more savoury balanced aged characters. No answer is correct - up to the individual. I can see the charms of both approaches. After a couple of hours in decanter - intoxicating aromatics. Excellent Wine.

May 26th, 2019
Bob McDonald

Mid Crimson with a tawny rim. Sometimes takes a while for the top Penfolds reds to show maturity and this Bin 389 at 17 years is starting to show more savoury herbal characters with nothing standing out - just beautiful “claret”. Light resolved tannins at an age where everything is in balance and making it hard to identify the Penfolds DNA of mocha, chocolate and blackberry. The firmness in its youth has softened. Penfolds suggested window says to 2030. I think I will have consumed my remaining bottles before then.

Mid Crimson with a tawny rim. Sometimes takes a while for the top Penfolds reds to show maturity and this Bin 389 at 17 years is starting to show more savoury herbal characters with nothing standing out - just beautiful “claret”. Light resolved tannins at an age where everything is in balance and making it hard to identify the Penfolds DNA of mocha, chocolate and blackberry. The firmness in its youth has softened. Penfolds suggested window says to 2030. I think I will have consumed my remaining bottles before then.

May 1st, 2019
Mike R
9.4

Really good - surprisingly delicious- smooth and big rolled into one wine

Really good - surprisingly delicious- smooth and big rolled into one wine

Nov 4th, 2018
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