2017 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz
Bin 389 is a classic, much loved and beautifully consistent Australian red wine that epitomizes Penfolds winemaking philosophy and benefits from cross-varietal and multiregional blending. The wine is the quintessential expression of the Penfolds red wine style. Typically it is fresh, generous and buoyant with ripe dark chocolate/ dark berry fruit, beautifully extracted flavors, fine-grained tannins, and underlying new oak characters. The best vintages develop and improve for decades.
Much more than a first-wave impression of blackcurrant/cassis cabernet-driven aromatics...
• A second of chive, mustard spice, beeswax, lemon/honey tea and thyme flowers.
• A third of cherry-wood, sarsaparilla, aniseed.
• A fourth of wet cold steel and a wet peppercorn tree.
... all four unlocked, unravelled and liberated via time and air.
Full and rich. A custom-fitted generous mid-palate – mandated for this marque. Flavours of a platter of charcuterie meats, pastrami dominating.
Also vying for taste and textural attention – pomegranate, cranberry, Madagascan vanilla pod, liquorice straps.
This wine’s youthful profile tempered by softened and even tannins – from start to finish. And the judicious use of new oak.
Growing regions across South Australia experienced a cool and wet winter and spring, conditions which provided the vines with good soil moisture profiles. Several longstanding rainfall records across South Australia were broken. Spring was typically windy, which caused some challenges with fruit set, however it warded off any danger from frost. The prevailing cool conditions extended the growing season with flowering and veraison occurring later than the long-term average.
Select regions took two weeks longer than usual from the advent of budburst to flowering. No heatwaves were recorded, with only a handful of days recording temperatures above 40 degrees. Warmer weather in March was welcomed, allowing grapes to finish ripening with great colours and varietal character.
Multi-regional blend, South Australia. From McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, Padthaway and Wrattonbully.
12 months in American oak hogsheads (29% new, 50% 1-y.o., 21% 2-y.o.)
Alc/Vol: 14.5%, Acidity: 6.7 g/L, pH: 3.66
54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Shiraz.