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Date Printed: 4/20/2014
Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet-Shiraz (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet-Shiraz (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
(search item no. 110314)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 4/20/2014: $70.83

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2003 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon and 48% Shiraz.

Bright, deep-red, with an impenetrable core. A complex amalgam of fresh mulberry/blueberry/ blackberry fruits laced with soy & malt, and slices of fresh fig & dates. A later residual whiff of panjuices, rosemary & sage. Ripe, yet not overripe. Oak? Yes, and very stylish!Textbook structure: tannin, acidity, balance.

Upfront, Cabernet & Shiraz fruits intertwine for collective attention, a sweet middle meshed with tea-leaf/olive tapenade flavours. Rounded, ripe and lush tannins and integrated spicy oak usher a finish bereft of any rough edges. Focused, polished, brooding, inky. No doubt its best lies ahead.

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About Penfolds Wines:

Founded by a young, English doctor in 1844, Penfolds has been producing remarkable wines that have changed the landscape of Australian winemaking. Over the past century, Penfolds has 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 standout wines, both white and red, have been released under the Penfolds masthead. Under the direction of master winemaker, Peter Gago, Penfolds is now found in every major wine market in the country. Extraordinary wines such as Block 42 and Bin 60A have also been released during his tenure. Penfolds wines are now widely celebrated for their diversity and quality across many price-points. The strength of Penfolds is that the wine comes first. Penfolds' range of table wines is utterly Australian, evoking a generosity of spirit and the beauty of the Australian landscape.