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Professional Ratings: 94 Australian Wine Companion, 92 Wine & Spirits, 91 The Wine Advocate
Varietal: Other Red Blends
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Item no. 89598
Created by the legendary Max Schubert - creator of Penfolds Grange - Bin 389 is often referred to as "Poor Man's Grange" or "Baby Grange", in part because components of the wine are matured in the same barrels that held the previous vintage of Grange. First made in 1960, this was the wine that helped to build Penfolds' solid reputation with red wine drinkers. Combining the structure of Cabernet with the richness of Shiraz, Bin 389 also exemplifies Penfolds' skill in balancing fruit and oak. A classic Australian style with a clear Penfolds identity.
Color: Dense and dark, and, at the time of tasting, still possessing a purple core.
Nose: The nose hints at Grange character. The supportive oak sits beautifully, seamlessly integrated. Stewed plum flavors meshed with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and whole black peppercorns. Nuances of game terrine with pistachio shell.
Palate: The palate is tight and full-bodied, persistent, long and forceful. The wine has impressive texture, with pronounced, well-defined powdery tannins and oak totally absorbed in a wash of liquorice and berried fruits. The 2004 Bin 389 is a true "Baby Grange" release.
Food matches: beef, duck & game, lamb