Penfolds

Bin 389 South Australia Cabernet Shiraz

9.312 ratings
9.25 pro ratings
South Australia, Australia
Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz
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

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
Bob McDonald

Slightly dusty corky note which hung around longer than it should have. Also on the nose Herbs and Mint rule the roost with berry fruit in the background. Cabernet makes its presence felt in this Cab Shiraz blend with its structure and a touch of austerity. Restrained fruit and an elegant style still with a good future.

Slightly dusty corky note which hung around longer than it should have. Also on the nose Herbs and Mint rule the roost with berry fruit in the background. Cabernet makes its presence felt in this Cab Shiraz blend with its structure and a touch of austerity. Restrained fruit and an elegant style still with a good future.

Jun 22nd, 2017
Jared Crouch

Loving the 02 vintage. Drinking so smooth.

Loving the 02 vintage. Drinking so smooth.

Jun 2nd, 2016
Andrew Whittle

Co-Owner/Director Summit Estate Wines

9.0

Andrew had this 4 years ago

Andrew had this 4 years ago

Aug 1st, 2015
Jason Tang

Jason had this 3 years ago

Jason had this 3 years ago

Jun 9th, 2016
Jason Tang

Jason had this 4 years ago

Jason had this 4 years ago

Apr 24th, 2015
Simon Gilligan

Simon had this 5 years ago

Simon had this 5 years ago

Jun 23rd, 2014
WiLsOn WoNg

WiLsOn had this 6 years ago

WiLsOn had this 6 years ago

Apr 11th, 2014