2015 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet/Shiraz
93 Points, The Wine Advocate
"Blended of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon and 47% Shiraz and sporting a deep garnet-purple color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz Bin 389 South Australia has a bombastic nose of crushed blueberries and black currants with hints of vanilla pod, dried Provence herbs, lavender and cigar boxes." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Enticing, inviting. A taste continuum of assorted flavours and textures.
A spoil of fruits meshed with a grain-like paste – chaff/oats/barley/wheat germ….
At once chewy and succulent, heightened by a mouth-watering acidity and overt 2015 ‘elongated’ tannins.
Oak barely perceivable. An interesting ‘package’ whereupon nothing stands out! A ‘balanced completeness’!
Autumn and early winter rainfall were above the long-term average. Rain stopped abruptly in early August with
only light showers observed throughout spring. The dry and cool spring period affected canopy growth early
in the season. Warm and dry conditions during flowering and fruit-set resulted in rapid grapevine growth and
early flowering. A high rainfall event occurred in Coonawarra in January, mostly falling outside of veraison, and
February delivered weekend heat spikes. Wrattonbully had a warm and generally dry ripening end to the season
which allowed for the development on strong varietal flavours.
Bin 389 was often referred to as ‘Baby Grange’, in part because components of the wine are matured in the same
barrels that held the previous vintage of Grange. First made in 1960 by the legendary Max Schubert, this was
the wine that helped forge Penfolds reputation with red wine drinkers by combining the structure of cabernet
sauvignon with the richness of shiraz. Bin 389 also exemplifies the judicious balance of fruit and oak.