Vibrant blood-red with a staining dark core. Initially difficult to separate aromatic components. Must be Bin 389! With aeration, an evocative barrel-ferment character separates above, prune/fig/dates/quince beneath, bridged by soy/hoisin sauce notes.
A pronounced freshness is immediately apparent. Scents of char-grilled, Italian vegetables (zucchini, eggplant) fleetingly distract.
Stylish, and regardless of whether either ee or oo are used, both breeding and brooding are apt descriptors! Full-bodied, a vinous web of cola, newly-tanned leather and dark-berried fruits. Cabernet and Shiraz dovetail effortlessly. Vibrant, with a tangy freshness augmented by sculptured tannins, lively acidity, and respectful oak. Length, weight and texture sit well. Embellishment not required. Tasting is.
Blend: 51% Cabernet, 49% Shiraz
"Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz displays pure cassis and black cherry cordial aromas underlying notes of aniseed, violets, pepper and chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is voluptuous and wonderfully balanced between vibrant acid and a medium level of fine tannins. It finishes long and spicy and shows ageing potential. Drink it from 2014 to 2022+.
The Wine Advocate
"Supple, focused, expressive and refined, offering ripe black cherry, dark plum, coffee and savory spice notes that cascade into the long, fascinating finish."