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Penfolds Cabernet Shiraz Bin 389 2012

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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, by the legendary Max Schubert, 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 judiciously balancing fruit and oak.

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 Cabernet Shiraz Bin 389

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065221,643
4.50 5
Vintage: 2004 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: dolorosa
4453029
4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 02/28/2008

Easily one of my favorite wines to date. The flavor is robust and well-balanced and the bottle can usually be found in the mid-$20's at BevMo. Definitely worth the cost.


Snooth User: Fine Grape
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0.00 5
Vintage: 2010 02/26/2015

Very Good wine.Decanted at 64 deg rested for 15 min. Oak immediately noticed and the Shiraz tones it down just right.Robust lots of flavor.wish I had some cheese.


Snooth User: Serg  Lyashenko
113588963
4.50 5
Vintage: 2009 12/20/2012

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Serg  Lyashenko
113588963
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 01/09/2013

Нотки специй и ягод.


Snooth User: slma
12337326
4.50 5
Vintage: 2008 12/25/2012

Better after one day open. As my brother says, tasted like a whack in the face.


Snooth User: pdtwine
97442818
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 12/07/2011

Four glasses


Snooth User: BradJulliana
39311115
3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 02/25/2010

apparently, at here, there is a promotion where you can buy a vintec fridge for $120 when you buy a 6 pack of Bin 389 2007.


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External Reviews for Penfolds Cabernet Shiraz Bin 389

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/27/2015

Velvety, vibrant and vivid, offering plum and currant at the core, with subtle spice overtones set on a dynamic frame. Expressive and deftly balanced, this has intensity without extra weight. Drink now through 2025. 10,230 cases imported.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/27/2015

A blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon and 46% Shiraz made with fruit from Wrattonbully, Barossa, McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek and Robe that was aged 12 months in American oak hogsheads, 40% of which were new, the deep garnet-purple colored 2012 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz is slightly closed with the Cabernet / cassis leading the nose marked by warm red and black plums, Mediterranean herbs, pepper and cedar. In the mouth notes of vanilla and cedar wrap around the warm black fruit core that is framed by firm, chewy tannins and just enough acid. It finishes long.


External Review
Source: eVintner Wines and Spirits
10/04/2012

Flavors of stewed plum meshed with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and peppercorns, well defined tannins and oak.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2011 07/08/2014

A blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon and 49% Shiraz the very deep purple-black colored 2011 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz is a little youthfully mute showing cassis and black cherries on the nose alongside hints of pencil shavings licorice chocolate pepper and meat. More cedar flavor shows up in the firm and structured medium-bodied palate marked by a high level of grainy tannins a lively acid backbone and a long finish. It needs time in bottle. Drink 2015 to 2025+. 90+ - Lisa Perrotti-Brown Rob


External Review
Source: Vines Wine and Spirits
Vintage: 2010 04/10/2013

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz displays pure cassis and black cherry cordial aromas underlying notes of aniseed, violets, pepper and chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is voluptuous and wonderfully balanced between


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2010 04/10/2014

Supple, focused, expressive and refined, with ripe black cherry, dark plum, coffee and savory spice notes that cascade into the long, fascinating finish. Drink now through 2020.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2010 04/10/2014

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz displays pure cassis and black cherry cordial aromas underlying notes of aniseed, violets, pepper and chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is voluptuous and wonderfully balanced between vibrant acid and a medium level of fine tannins. It finishes long and spicy and shows ageing potential. Drink it from 2014 to 2022+.


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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, by the legendary Max Schubert, 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 judiciously balancing fruit and oak.

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