Penfolds

Bin 389 South Australia Cabernet Shiraz

9.224 ratings
9.29 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

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

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
Ceccherini Cristiano

Quite a remarkable wine, showing is age with pride and strength. Very enjoyable nose and well balanced mouth. Really at its peak!!

Quite a remarkable wine, showing is age with pride and strength. Very enjoyable nose and well balanced mouth. Really at its peak!!

May 25th, 2016
Robbie Ward

All the secondary flavours you could ask for. Earth, spice and all things nice. Luscious, still bags of fruit. Stunning bottle

All the secondary flavours you could ask for. Earth, spice and all things nice. Luscious, still bags of fruit. Stunning bottle

Sep 23rd, 2015
Bob McDonald

This wine has faded a little from 5 to 10 years ago. Sweet plummy fruit with a touch of green pepper (capsicum). Medium weight with a little astringency. On the plateau but gradually going downhill at 21 years. 2 left from an original dozen.

This wine has faded a little from 5 to 10 years ago. Sweet plummy fruit with a touch of green pepper (capsicum). Medium weight with a little astringency. On the plateau but gradually going downhill at 21 years. 2 left from an original dozen.

Jul 28th, 2017
Ross Bathgate

1996- OMG, 20 yr old but just a puppy! Amazingly vibrant and fresh, Cabernet shining bright with sweet luscious tannin! Yeah!!!

1996- OMG, 20 yr old but just a puppy! Amazingly vibrant and fresh, Cabernet shining bright with sweet luscious tannin! Yeah!!!

Dec 10th, 2016
Al Clark

20 years in the bottle, still a monster red....

20 years in the bottle, still a monster red....

Oct 16th, 2016
Bob McDonald

Notes of Cedar, ripe plum leading to Blackberry and prune notes. Hints of aniseed. Even at 20 years age firmish tannins and a good future well into the 2020s.

Notes of Cedar, ripe plum leading to Blackberry and prune notes. Hints of aniseed. Even at 20 years age firmish tannins and a good future well into the 2020s.

Jun 25th, 2016
Bob McDonald

Still a strong core of fruit. Shows the influence of the liquorice of the Shiraz together with the mint of the Cabernet. At 19 years of age still a good future.

Still a strong core of fruit. Shows the influence of the liquorice of the Shiraz together with the mint of the Cabernet. At 19 years of age still a good future.

Aug 26th, 2015
Martin Davies

Salami, cheese, wine and talking rubbish evening. Too young! This can go on and on. Not as obviously Australian as previously.

Salami, cheese, wine and talking rubbish evening. Too young! This can go on and on. Not as obviously Australian as previously.

Oct 11th, 2014