Penfolds

Bin 389 South Australia Cabernet Shiraz

9.2946 ratings
9.1129 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
Sipping Fine Wine

Referred to as the “Baby Grange,” blend of about 50/50 Cab Sauv & Shiraz, aged for 12 months in American oak, partly in previous-vintage Grange casks. Dark Ruby with aromas of ripe black fruits, sweet and complex spice. On the palate juicy blackberry flavors with notes of cacao and toasty spices. Well balanced with acidity, full ripe tannins, long ending with smoky spice, fruit well integrated with oak, drink over next 10 years+, will only get better. Consistent with ‘16 I just tried.

Referred to as the “Baby Grange,” blend of about 50/50 Cab Sauv & Shiraz, aged for 12 months in American oak, partly in previous-vintage Grange casks. Dark Ruby with aromas of ripe black fruits, sweet and complex spice. On the palate juicy blackberry flavors with notes of cacao and toasty spices. Well balanced with acidity, full ripe tannins, long ending with smoky spice, fruit well integrated with oak, drink over next 10 years+, will only get better. Consistent with ‘16 I just tried.

Jul 30th, 2020
Sipping Fine Wine

Referred to as the “Baby Grange,” blend of 51% Cab Sauv & 49% Shiraz, aged for 12 months in American oak, partly in previous-vintage Grange casks. Dark Ruby with aromas of ripe black fruits, sweet and complex spice. On the palate juicy blackberry flavors with notes of cacao and toasty spices. Well balanced with acidity, full ripe tannins, long ending with smoky spice, fruit well integrated with oak, drink over next 10 years+, will only get better.

Referred to as the “Baby Grange,” blend of 51% Cab Sauv & 49% Shiraz, aged for 12 months in American oak, partly in previous-vintage Grange casks. Dark Ruby with aromas of ripe black fruits, sweet and complex spice. On the palate juicy blackberry flavors with notes of cacao and toasty spices. Well balanced with acidity, full ripe tannins, long ending with smoky spice, fruit well integrated with oak, drink over next 10 years+, will only get better.

Jul 29th, 2020
Bob McDonald

See many previous notes. Just a brilliant Cabernet Shiraz blend and proof of the ultra longevity of Bin 389. The good news is that there are still 7 bottles left in the cellar. Difficult to see them lasting past 2025, meaning I won’t be able to keep my hands off them.

See many previous notes. Just a brilliant Cabernet Shiraz blend and proof of the ultra longevity of Bin 389. The good news is that there are still 7 bottles left in the cellar. Difficult to see them lasting past 2025, meaning I won’t be able to keep my hands off them.

May 21st, 2020
Bob McDonald

A complex nose of red and black berries (raspberry) with mocha, dark chocolate and coffee beans. Medium to full bodied rich earthy and berry flavours on the palate with soft yet persistent tannins. An amazing inner core strength even at 18 years which will go on for at least another decade. Richard Hemming MW had a drinking window of 2010 to 2042!! He could well be right. I have been collecting Penfolds Bin 389 for many years and the best practice is to buy at least a dozen, put it in a cool dark corner of your cellar for at least 15 years. I have 8 bottles of this 2002 left. This was a cool vintage with a long hang time for the grapes making it exceptional. 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Shiraz.

A complex nose of red and black berries (raspberry) with mocha, dark chocolate and coffee beans. Medium to full bodied rich earthy and berry flavours on the palate with soft yet persistent tannins. An amazing inner core strength even at 18 years which will go on for at least another decade. Richard Hemming MW had a drinking window of 2010 to 2042!! He could well be right. I have been collecting Penfolds Bin 389 for many years and the best practice is to buy at least a dozen, put it in a cool dark corner of your cellar for at least 15 years. I have 8 bottles of this 2002 left. This was a cool vintage with a long hang time for the grapes making it exceptional. 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Shiraz.

Feb 27th, 2020
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