Penfolds Cabernet-Shiraz Bin 389 Private Cellar 2009

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Bin 389 and other wines in the Penfolds Bin-range 'family' of red wines - 28, 128 and 707 - were the result of Max Schubert's constant experimentation during the 1950s and 1960s. Bin 389 combines the elegance of Cabernet Sauvignon with the richness of Shiraz and demonstrates the traditional Penfolds' trademark - balance between fruit and oak, in a wine with rich varietal characters and medium to long-term cellaring potential. This wine is deep red, and with a nose of ripe red and blackcurrant, chocolaty, licquorice aromas with a strong element of mocha, malt oak. It has a flowing, supple palate with plenty of ripe, developing black fruit, chocolaty flavours, fresh new oak and savoury tannins. It finishes firm and gritty but there is plenty of fruit that follows through.

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  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: Serg  Lyashenko
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12/20/2012

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Penfolds Cabernet-Shiraz Bin 389 Private Cellar

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/01/2012

A Proprietary Blend wine from South Australia in Australia. 2009 Penfolds Cabernet / Shiraz Bin 389 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/01/2013

Saturated ruby. Cherry-cola, blackberry, vanilla and pungent spices on the nose, with a floral overtone building with air. Smooth, expansive dark berry preserve and cherry-cola flavors are brightened by tangy acidity and show impressive depth. Turns... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Proprietary Blend wine from South Australia in Australia. 2009 Penfolds Cabernet / Shiraz Bin 389 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/03/2012

Expressive and deftly balanced, playing its bright, ripe currant and blackberry fruit against hints of basil and espresso on the appeal-ingly transparent frame. Drink now through 2021. -H.S. Wine Spectator. A Proprietary Blend wine from South Australia in Australia. 2009 Penfolds Cabernet / Shiraz Bin 389 750ml


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Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
11/12/2013

Dicht und tiefrot. Pulsierende, lebendige Aromen nach Pflaumen, Mocca und Lakritze. Feiner rauchiger Hintergrund und leicht parfümierte Nase. Im Gaumen präsentiert er sich vollaromatisch und äusserst lang anhaltend. Eine ausgezeichnete Balance zwischen Frucht, Holz, Säure und Tannine. Im Abgang nochmals hochlebend und bleibend mit Noten von schwarzen Beeren, Mocca und Zedernholz. Ein typischer Bin 389 mit grossartigem Lagerpotenzial von mehr als 12 Jahren.



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Bin 389 and other wines in the Penfolds Bin-range 'family' of red wines - 28, 128 and 707 - were the result of Max Schubert's constant experimentation during the 1950s and 1960s. Bin 389 combines the elegance of Cabernet Sauvignon with the richness of Shiraz and demonstrates the traditional Penfolds' trademark - balance between fruit and oak, in a wine with rich varietal characters and medium to long-term cellaring potential. This wine is deep red, and with a nose of ripe red and blackcurrant, chocolaty, licquorice aromas with a strong element of mocha, malt oak. It has a flowing, supple palate with plenty of ripe, developing black fruit, chocolaty flavours, fresh new oak and savoury tannins. It finishes firm and gritty but there is plenty of fruit that follows through.

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