Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2016
Bin 389 is often referred to as ‘Baby Grange’ and was first made in 1960, by the legendary Max Schubert. This was the wine that helped to forge Penfolds solid reputation with red wine drinkers combining the structure of Cabernet Sauvignon with the richness of Shiraz.
"...with a bouquet of rich spice and chocolate and dark fruit aromas all well-balanced in the mix. The berries of cabernet and the earthy/spice of Shiraz are both identifiable. It's a very full-bodied, rich, dense, concentrated wine, with lashings of tannins which are firm and gripping on the finish." 96 points, Huon Hooke
How to enjoy
More Information Food Pairing Lamb, Fetta, Cheery Tomato and Basil Pizza Serving Temp 15 - 18 degrees Standard Drinks 8.6 Alcohol Volume % 14.5 Variety Red Blend Region South Australia Vintage 2016 Country Australia Closure Screw Cap Size 750ml Brand Penfolds
- "...retains style yet pushes Cabernet/Shiraz blend boundaries … ever so deftly!” Peter Gago, Chief Winemaker
- "The fruit, oak, tannin and acid balance is impeccable..." 96 points, James Halliday
- "It’s a cracker. This is why you blend Cabernet with Shiraz." 96 points, Campbell Mattinson
Vintage 2016 - Deep, dense red/purple colour, with a bouquet of rich spice and chocolate and dark fruit aromas all well-balanced in the mix. The berries of cabernet and the earthy/spice of shiraz are both identifiable. It's a very full-bodied, rich, dense, concentrated wine, with lashings of tannins which are firm and gripping on the finish. A very long carry. A very big wine, massively structured and impressive, with great power and ageing potential. A wine that manages to tread the fine line between big structure and softness and accessibility. Still, I would cellar it a few years before broaching. (51% cabernet sauvignon, 49% shiraz) Drink 2021 to 2046.
Vintage 2016 - Bin 389 cracks the ton, in asking price terms. The rich (wo)man’s, poor (wo)man’s drink. Grapes sourced from Barossa Valley, Coonawarra, McLaren Vale, Padthaway and Wrattonbully. You don’t hear so much of Padthaway, that salty old dog, nowadays but it’s still important to the Penfolds red wine stable. 51% cabernet sauvignon, 49% shiraz. All American oak. Ah now you’ve done it. Stop it, just stop it. You look at the Bin 407 release from this vintage and think: that’s how it’s done. And then you add shiraz, and call it Bin 389, and the palate is boosted, the length is still there, the tobacco notes still light up, and with vanilla and cherry-plum notes tickling the cassis into a riot it suddenly feels irrepressible, like the premiership’s a cakewalk. It’s not a John Holmes wine; it’s not overdone. It’ a wine to slip through your defences, is what it is. It’s a cracker. This is why you blend cabernet with shiraz.