Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2017
Bin 389 is 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 to forge Penfolds solid reputation with red wine drinkers combining the structure of Cabernet Sauvignon with the richness of Shiraz. Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2017 also exemplifies the judicious balance of fruit and oak.
This wine is deep red in colour. The nose has much more than a first-wave impression of blackcurrant and 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. The palate is rich and full. 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.
The Finer Details
Style - Red Wine
Varietal - Cabernet Sauvignon 54%, Shiraz 46%
Vintage - 2017
Country - Australia
Region - McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, Padthaway and Wrattonbully.
Bottle Size - 750ml
ABV - 14.5%