(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 2012 Vintage) Deep red with a good purple tint; the aroma is well integrated with nothing standing out: nicely balanced spice and berry, smoke and toasty-barrel touches, earth and dark-plum and traces of black pepper. The palate is intense and full-bodied, with a good degree of elegance but also plenty of trad Penfolds bite and grip. A superbly rich, balanced and rounded wine.
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