(From 2013 Vintage) Bin 389 is often referred to as ‘Poor Man’s Grange’ or ‘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 build Penfolds solid reputation with red wine drinkers. Combining the structure of Cabernet with the richness of Shiraz, Bin 389 also exemplifies Penfolds skill in judiciously balancing fruit and oak.
(From 2011 Vintage) Dense deep red. Complex and true to House Style… that of the 53 year-old stylistic template of Bin 389. No formula! Brimming with mocha/coffee ground aromatics, heightened by tar/bitumen ‘black’ notes. Appealing char and creamy, vanillin oak detected ever-so-subtly in the background. Naturally, a flurry of fruits, spice and varietal markers abound. In a couple of words, voluminous and powerful.A sensory stratification of layers of taste – separated via time-of-detection and unravelling of flavours. At first, Christmas pudding with roasted nuts, then rare lamb and black olives, then sarsaparilla spice. Tannins awashed, oak absorbed, fruit awakened.
Wine Spectator(From 2012 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/01/2014
Robert Parker(From 2012 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 10/21/2014
Wine Spectator(From 2010 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 04/17/2013
Robert Parker(From 2010 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 02/10/2013
Wine Spectator(From 1986 Vintage) Rating: 83/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/31/90