Wine: Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet/Shiraz
Region: Multi South Australian Regions
RRP: $95.00 Plus
Hello Wine Lovers!
Today I will be looking at a wine we might know is referred to as the “Baby Grange”, or the “poor-man’s Grange.” This wine, like its bigger more expensive brother, is made using the same grape types, in roughly the same percentage ratio. 54% Caberenet Sauvingnon and 46% Shiraz. The grapes are sourced from the same regions as the Grange and then aged using the same oak barrels used to age the elite flagship wines of Penfolds. The Grange and their Bin 707 Carbernet.
This wine is quite an epic little masterpiece in what is a quintessential, unmistakable Penfolds wine.
The nose opens up to a big scent of Blackcurrent, then comes the undertones of Plums embodied with dates and prunes. The Cabernet and Shiraz fruits are jostling for their position within the glass. If you dig a little deeper, you get the hint of the oak coming through and a bit of a smokey sensation of the oak, with a smell of aniseed and slight touches of leather in the background.
Then on to the palate, it is much more than on the nose alone. You will experience those rich black fruit flavors driving this wine along upfront, then you can say hello to licorice and aniseed notes embodied with the oak, and then the nice tannin balance that brings this wine together. The wine gives a great length and encompasses what fantastic wine making can produce.
When I was drinking this, I would have felt completely at home in a nice little log cabin by a roaring warm fire with this bottle of wine by my side and a good book. I find this type of trait the most important one when drinking a Penfolds wine. If I get that sensation, then they have definitely hit the nail on the head in the terms of their wine making. There is something very distinctive about Penfolds wines that set them aside from any other wine maker in South Australia, and quite possibly, Australia.
This is a prime example of what great wine tastes like. I have yet to consume a bad 389, but then again, I have yet to experience a 389 quite like this one since the great 2004 Vintage. This might just be the best wine I have consumed this year.
Although it is drinking very well now (as stated in my review), this wine with time will only develop further in the bottle. You could easily say hello to it again in 25 years time and be blown away yet once again.
The SA Wine Guy