Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet-Shiraz 2005
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
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.
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