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Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet-Shiraz 2003

Winemaker's Notes:

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. Colour: Dense, deep red. Nose : Vibrant, lively aromas are immediately apparent without any need to swirl the glass. aromas of mocha meshed with concentrated Satsuma plum, liquorice and cold meats. Subtle smoky oak and background florals complete the offering. Palate: Full flavoured and persistent across the palate and displaying great balance between fruit, oak, acid and tannin. Blackberry and blackcurrant fruit flavours, courted by mouth puckering cabernet tannins, effortlessly convey chocolatey, mocha flavours and cedary oak. a classic Bin 389, right up there with the best, with long term cellaring potential of over twelve years. Wine analysis alc/Vol: 14.50% acidity: 6.50g/l ph: 3.55 Food Matches: ideally suited to Beef, Duck & game, lamb.

Penfolds Wines:
  Tired of boring old wines from Australia? No? Then you can probably thank Penfolds Wines. Penfolds, founded in 1844 by Mary and Dr. Penfold (Mary gets top billing since she took care of most of the early management and winemaking responsibilities), has completely revolutionized not only its own product lines throughout the years, but also many wines in Australia as a whole. The wine ... Read more
  Tired of boring old wines from Australia? No? Then you can probably thank Penfolds Wines. Penfolds, founded in 1844 by Mary and Dr. Penfold (Mary gets top billing since she took care of most of the early management and winemaking responsibilities), has completely revolutionized not only its own product lines throughout the years, but also many wines in Australia as a whole. The wine produced by Penfolds was originally prescribed as tonic wines for anaemic patients, with the wine made from Grenache. By 1870, with 60 acres under vine, they were producing many more wines. In the 1920s and 1930s, Penfolds was known for its fortified wine, like many other wineries in the area. 1943 marked the start of a massive expansion for Penfolds Winery, with first the acquisition of Auldana Vineyard and its winery, and then the purchase of Kalimna Vineyard in 1945. By the end of the decade, they owned vineyards in McLaren Vale, Griffith, the Hunter Valley, and Minchinbury. Around the same time, winemaker Max Schubert returned from oversees with a completely new vision for the future of the winery. In the 50s, he started experimenting with the red wine he called Grange, which is a mix of primarily Shiraz and a little Cabernet Sauvignon, and by the 1960s the wine had spread across the Australian wine industry. Not wanting to stop with merely one of the most successful wine projects in the history of Australia, Penfolds Wines started the “White Grange” project in the 1990s, leading to the immensely popular and publicized release of the Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay. Peter Gago became their Chief Winemaker in 2002, and he, along with three winemakers in charge of red wine and one in charge of white, continue the tradition of experimentation and evolution. Read less

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Snooth User: Big Hitting Lama
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0.00 5
01/19/2009

Penfolds 389 2003: Big but still restrained initially, plums and chocolate. Tannins aggressive but still need time. Will be good in 3 years 92/100


Snooth User: Imperial36
3296145
5.00 5
10/17/2007

my fav beverage when I lived it up in Aussieland - absolutely divine with rabbit or duck!


Snooth User: currywm
3005521
5.00 5
08/07/2007

Excellent


Snooth User: Solomon27
316680
5.00 5
09/17/2007

Absolutely delicious!


Snooth User: Kitaya
7781120
4.00 5
06/30/2008

Four glasses



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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. Colour: Dense, deep red. Nose : Vibrant, lively aromas are immediately apparent without any need to swirl the glass. aromas of mocha meshed with concentrated Satsuma plum, liquorice and cold meats. Subtle smoky oak and background florals complete the offering. Palate: Full flavoured and persistent across the palate and displaying great balance between fruit, oak, acid and tannin. Blackberry and blackcurrant fruit flavours, courted by mouth puckering cabernet tannins, effortlessly convey chocolatey, mocha flavours and cedary oak. a classic Bin 389, right up there with the best, with long term cellaring potential of over twelve years. Wine analysis alc/Vol: 14.50% acidity: 6.50g/l ph: 3.55 Food Matches: ideally suited to Beef, Duck & game, lamb.

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