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Penfolds Bin 389 Shiraz Cabernetsauv Langhorne Bordertown Padthaway Southaustralia 2004

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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 with a clear Penfolds identity.Dense and dark, and, at the time of tasting, still possessing a purple core. The supportive oak sits beautifully, seamlessly integrated. Stewed plum flavors meshed with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and whole black peppercorns. 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 licorice and berried fruits. The 2004 Bin 389 is a true 'Baby Grange' release, as per the original blue-print.Wine Advocate | Robert Parker | October 31, 2007 It is opaque purple-colored with an attractive bouquet of smoked meats, Asian spices, black currants, blueberry, and licorice. Medium to full-bodied, it has gobs of spicy dark fruit flavors, a smooth texture, well-hidden tannisn, and 3-5 years of aging potential. Drink this lengthy blend through 2020.WineReviewOnline.com | Michael Franz | April 24, 2007 Impressive. It boasts a deep ruby/purple hue as well as aromas of cedar, black currants, sweet cherries, licorice, and smoky oak ...elegant and impressively long with a velvety texture. Original Price: $35.00Sale Price: $26.2525% Off Almost Gone!

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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

Editorial Reviews for Penfolds Bin 389 Shiraz Cabernetsauv Langhorne Bordertown Padthaway Southaustralia

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065214,091
4.50 5
10/16/2009

This is all about a deep roasted, spiced plum note on the nose with tremendous sweetness and depth. On the palate the wine is fresher with a solid, tannic presence supporting dark, liquory black currant and black berry fruits. the finish show a spicy oaky tone with a long, linger layer of vanilla wrapping the olive scented dark fruits. A baby with a promising future. 92pts


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Snooth User: John Andrews
361063,418
4.00 5
01/24/2010

SOLID wine. Spice, licorice, leather and smoke in the nose. Nice spice, medium tannins, long finish. Some smokiness. Becoming a big fan of Cab/Syrah blends.


Snooth User: winelog
194254281
0.00 5
06/16/2009

Drunk at Matchbox in D.C. with Frank and Aaron.


Snooth User: ChefShaya
3242883
4.50 5
09/23/2008

First of all, the color is a deep lush garnet red, almost black. The aroma is earthy and leathery. However, the flavor has just a tiny sweet lining, with an intense dark berry flavor - like black cherry and black berries, then ends off with a smokey whisper. This is a seriously intense and punched-in-the-face-with-flavor wine. To be eaten with bold and flavorful foods only.


Snooth User: abryksa
10157774
5.00 5
12/24/2008

The color of this wine is rich deep dark purple and is opaque and is most certainly a tooth stainer. The nose gives off hints of chocolate and fresh berries, tea and is herbal and medicinal. On the palate, the front is pure fruit with a port like richness with sinewy tannins over a long smooth finish. Even with its high alcohol levels, there is no heat at all and it is balanced and fresh and very delicious. Do yourself a favor and the next visit to your local market, splurge and seek this one out. It is a cellar candidate for another 15+ years but is accessible and enjoyable today. 93 Points


Snooth User: doofdoof
3620430
5.00 5
11/28/2007

The best 389 since 1998, and very close to the 1990, 1991 and 1996


External Reviews for Penfolds Bin 389 Shiraz Cabernetsauv Langhorne Bordertown Padthaway Southaustralia

External Review
02/02/2009

Velvety in texture, with refined tannins surrounding a plush core of currant, huckleberry and peppery spice flavors that linger effortlessly on the finish. Best from 2008 through 2016. 27,000 cases imported. -HS Wine Spectator. A Proprietary Blend wine from South Australia in Australia. 2004 Penfolds Cabernet / Shiraz Bin 389 750ml


External Review
02/24/2010

Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet / Shiraz 2004: empf. Trinktemperatur 16-18°C, in Barriques gereift (13 Monate), lagerfähig 10 - 15 Jahre ab JahrgangJahrgang: 2004Inhalt: 0,75 LRegion: Barossa ValleyWeingut: PenfoldsRebsorte: 53% Cabernet Sauvignon 47% ShirazRestzucker: trockenRestsäure: 6,5 g/LiterAlkoholgehalt: 14,5 % Rotwein


External Review
06/26/2007

Delightfully rich, fully ripe fruit onslaught and a lush, soft and supple smoothness in the finish. Fantastic winemaking!



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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 with a clear Penfolds identity.Dense and dark, and, at the time of tasting, still possessing a purple core. The supportive oak sits beautifully, seamlessly integrated. Stewed plum flavors meshed with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and whole black peppercorns. 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 licorice and berried fruits. The 2004 Bin 389 is a true 'Baby Grange' release, as per the original blue-print.Wine Advocate | Robert Parker | October 31, 2007 It is opaque purple-colored with an attractive bouquet of smoked meats, Asian spices, black currants, blueberry, and licorice. Medium to full-bodied, it has gobs of spicy dark fruit flavors, a smooth texture, well-hidden tannisn, and 3-5 years of aging potential. Drink this lengthy blend through 2020.WineReviewOnline.com | Michael Franz | April 24, 2007 Impressive. It boasts a deep ruby/purple hue as well as aromas of cedar, black currants, sweet cherries, licorice, and smoky oak ...elegant and impressively long with a velvety texture. Original Price: $35.00Sale Price: $26.2525% Off Almost Gone!

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