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Date Printed: 4/28/2015
Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet-Shiraz 2005
Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet-Shiraz 2005
(search item no. 94035)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 4/28/2015: $35.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
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
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 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:

Color: Dense, dark red.

Nose: At once elevated, the nose is separated from the others in the Penfolds Bin family by the overt high notes of its barrel fermentation contribution. This is archetypal Bin 389 with notes of Maraschino marinated dark berries mixed with dark chocolate, bayleaf, black (Kalamata) olives and roasting pan juices. Oak and charcuterie elements effortlessly fill any aromatic gaps.

Palate: The 2005 Bin 389 is complete, full and multidimensional from start to finish, its weight coupled with (understated) power, depth and length.

Ripe fig, blueberry and dark plum fruit flavors synergise to create an inky/dense palate with no rough edges. The oak, and plush tannins are at one with the wine, elliciting no one dominant feature and a seamless palate. This is stylistically a classic and complex Bin 389 - a proud flag bearer of this traditional Australian style.

Food pairings: Ideal with hearty meat dishes

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About Penfolds Wines:

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