Created by the legendary Max Schubert - creator of Penfolds Grange - 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, 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 balancing fruit and oak.
A classic Australian style with a clear Penfolds identity.
Color: Dense and dark, and, at the time of tasting,
still possessing a purple core.
Nose: The nose hints at Grange character.
The supportive oak sits beautifully, seamlessly
integrated. Stewed plum flavors meshed with
notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and whole black
peppercorns. Nuances of
game terrine with pistachio shell.
Palate: The palate is tight and full-bodied, persistent,
long and forceful. The wine has impressive
texture, with pronounced, well-defined
powdery tannins and oak totally absorbed in a
wash of liquorice and berried fruits. The 2004
Bin 389 is a true "Baby Grange" release.
Food matches: beef, duck & game, lamb
Penfolds Wines Winery
Penfolds has been producing remarkable wines since 1844 and indisputably led the development of Australian fine wine in the modern era. The introduction of Penfolds Grange in 1951 forever changed the landscape of Australian fine wine. Since then a series of stand-out wines both white and red have been released under the Penfolds masthead.
Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker and only the 4th custodian of Grange, relishes the opportunity to bring Penfolds to the world stage and is an enthusiastic ambassador and natural educator. Penfolds came to the attention of the US market when 1990 Grange was Wine Spectator’s ‘Wine of the Year’. Since then, Penfolds Grange has become one of the most collectable wines of the world and was honored to grace the front cover, once again, of Wine Spectator, with declarations of Grange as Australia’s Icon
With a landmass the size of the US, Australia has just as many appellations. Many wines are simply labeled from their state of origin. Some of these are the most popular:
New South Wales
- New South Wales has a variety of smaller wine growing regions. Many wines are a blend of these smaller appellations, leading to the more encompassing designation of New South Wales.
– A small percentage of Australia’s winemaking occurs on the West Coast. The largest Australian state, Western Australia, includes the appellations Margaret River and Great Southern.
– This appellation encompasses the states of South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. Grapes are often trucked in from at least 2 of these states for crushing and bottling, giving the wine a more general appellation of origin. This is the broadest appellation in Australia.
Like the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of
Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.