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Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2018

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Category: Wines Red
Subcategory: Red Blends
Brand: Penfolds

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BIN 389
Cabernet Shiraz 2018
Bin 389 was 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 forge Penfolds reputation with red wine drinkers by combining the structure of cabernet sauvignon with the
richness of shiraz. Exemplifying the judicious balance of fruit and oak, Bin 389 highlights the generous mid-palate
Penfolds in known for. This release in 2020 commemorates the 60th anniversary since Bin 389 was first made.
GRAPE VARIETY
57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Shiraz
VINEYARD REGION
McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, Padthaway, Coonawarra, Robe, Wrattonbully
WINE ANALYSIS
Alc/Vol: 14.5%, Acidity: 7.1 g/L, pH: 3.59
MATURATION
American oak hogsheads (38% new)
VINTAGE CONDITIONS
Relatively dry conditions coupled with near long-term winter/spring temperatures indicated an early start to the growing
season. However, a spell of cold weather in November slowed grapevine development. Warm and sunny weather prevailed
throughout spring providing optimal conditions for flowering and fruit-set. Barossa Valley experienced 22 days of
temperature greater than 35°C in summer, while McLaren Vale experienced 17 days greater than 35°C. Coonawarra, Robe
and Wrattonbully also had a warm, dry growing season by regional standards. Late flowering and the delayed onset of
veraison throughout the south-east slowed harvest by a few weeks. The warm, dry weather carried into autumn, setting up an
Indian summer with favourable conditions for ripening grapes. A fine vintage for all Penfolds South Australian growing regions.

COLOUR
Bright, crimson red
NOSE
Lifted, fragrant. Immediately Penfolds. Aficionados may quickly identify and proclaim 389.
Opulently: Trifle: layers of custard and port-wine dark jelly with flaked coconut and juniper/cassis.
Cake: old-fashioned hummingbird cake, with coconut flakes and nutty flavours.
Overheard: “Petrichor aromas gradating to silkworm-eaten mulberry leaf”. Honestly!?!
Familial youthful Bin 389 oak – subtle matchstick and a hint of vanilla powder.
As they say – what is there not to like?!
PALATE
Balance of the sweet (cabernet) and the savoury (shiraz).
Possesses what has now often been referred to as a black forest cake 2018 vintage flavour profile.
Darker fruits – closer to that of a black cherry liqueur than a crème de cassis component of Kir.
Flavours of roasted beetroot – a venison sauce beetroot reduction … similar texturally to a congealed sweet fat
(a custardy emulsion/film – not a grainy paste).
Oak and tannins absorbed. Both are certainly present, yet not at all demanding their own space on this Bin 389 stage.
Substantial, intense.
PEAK DRINKING
2023 – 2050

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