2005 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz
Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz
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
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.
VINEYARD REGION McLaren Vale, Padthaway, Barossa Valley
VINTAGE CONDITIONS The 2005 vintage was of consistent high quality
across all regions. Favourable seasonal
conditions - particularly mild temperatures, with
few sustained hot periods, and moderate and
generally well timed rainfall - resulted in good
quality and steady ripening of fruit, with full
varietal characters being developed.
GRAPE VARIETY Cabernet Sauvignon (52%), Shiraz (48%).
MATURATION This wine was matured for 13 months in 26% new
American oak hogsheads, with the balance in
older American oak.
WINE ANALYSIS Alc/Vol: 14.50%
LAST TASTED 1.11.2007
PEAK DRINKING 2010-2030
FOOD MATCHES Ideal with hearty meat dishes.
Winemaker comments by
Peter Gago - Penfolds Chief
COLOUR Dense, dark red.
NOSE At once elevated, the nose is separated from the
others in the Penfolds Bin family by the overt high
notes of its barrel fermentation contribution. This
is archetypal Bin 389 with notes of Maraschino
marinated dark berries mixed with dark
chocolate, bayleaf, black (Kalamata) olives and
roasting pan juices. Oak and charcuterie elements
effortlessly fill any aromatic gaps.
PALATE The 2005 Bin 389 is complete, full and multidimensional
from start to finish, its weight
coupled with (understated) power, depth and
Ripe fig, blueberry and dark plum fruit flavours
synergise to create an inky/dense palate with no
rough edges. The oak, and plush tannins are at one
with the wine, elliciting no one dominant feature
and a seamless palate.
Stylistically a classic and complex Bin 389 - a
proud flag bearer of this traditional Australian
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