Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet-Shiraz 2016
Blend: 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 49% Shiraz
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The personality of this warmer-vintage Bin 389 is big, bold and welcoming. Coal smoke and graphite intertwine with blackberry, cassis, woody and leafy notes. Some Chinese five spice, too. The palate is delivered with fine, sweeping and long, smooth tannins that carry a supple array of mainly blackberry and roasted-coffee flavors. Powerful yet silky, super long and smooth, building to an exceptionally tidy finish. This is an assembly of 51 per cent cabernet sauvignon and 49 per cent shiraz, sourced from Barossa Valley, Coonawarra, McLaren Vale, Padthaway and Wrattonbully. Long aging potential. Drink now or hold.
This almost 50-50 blend of Cabernet and Shiraz has, like many of Penfolds’ other premium wines, risen steeply in price in recent years, and with Bin 389’s price tag heading rapidly toward triple digits, the liquid inside struggles to justify it. Like the brand’s other reds, this is a polished and plush wine, offering notes of plum and raisin bread, mocha, milky coffee and black olive. It’s rich and silky textured with muscular, herbal tannins and an eye toward the future. Drink 2022– 2034.
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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