2008 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

2008 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

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Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz
2008
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.
"Snugly nestled somewhere between the poise of '96 and the
power of '98 Bin 389, when these Cabernet Shiraz blends were
at this age in the last millennium !"
"As always, the star performer in the Penfolds Bin line-up,
consistently hitting the value & quality sweet-spot of Penfolds
reds. Worth queuing up for..."
Penfolds Chief Winemaker - Peter Gago.
VINEYARD REGION South Australia - with parcels from Barossa
Valley, Coonawarra, Langhorne Creek and
McLaren Vale.
VINTAGE CONDITIONS A welcome wet winter and a moderate, dry spring
encouraged steady early season growth, setting up
for a text-book harvest. Cool and dry conditions
during the start of summer were described as
perfect, conducive to excellent flavour, colour
and phenolic development. A record 15 day
heatwave, starting on the 3rd March created a
major interruption, inducing a vintage of two
distinct halves - a statement pertaining to the
profound differences in quality of fruit picked
before and after the heat spell. Weighted-average
vintage charts may not do justice to the South
Australian harvest in 2008. Penfolds reds will.
GRAPE VARIETY Cabernet Sauvignon (52%), Shiraz (48%).
MATURATION This wine was matured for 13 months in 34% new
American oak hogsheads, with the balance in
seasoned American oak.
WINE ANALYSIS Alc/Vol: 14.5%
Acidity: 6.6g/L
pH: 3.48
LAST TASTED December 2010
PEAK DRINKING Drink from 2013 - 2036.
FOOD MATCHES Mayura Wagyu, sweet corn, house sprouted
legumes and crisp sprout leaves (Penfolds Magill
Estate Restaurant, Spring Menu 2010).
Winemaker comments by
Peter Gago - Penfolds Chief
Winemaker
COLOUR A dense, dark, dark purple core.
NOSE An instant allure, an inviting & tempting aromatic
advance. A veritable baker's / winemaker's
kitchen: Firstly, scents of freshly baked & dressed
Black Forest Cake, replete with dark chocolate
and assorted berries, cherries. Then, aromas of
Bread & Butter Pudding / Nut Loaf, adorned with
dates, sultanas and walnuts.
Brazenly hovering above - wafts of fresh pipe
tobacco coupled with higher notes of beeswaxpolished
leather.
PALATE Lush, expansive & succulent.
Balanced, lingering - colluded via conspiring
tannins lurking behind masses of blackcurrant &
mulberry fruits and a mix of liquorice and mocha.
Oak is completely absorbed, yet barrel-ferment
complexities still stake their claim.
Firm, Formidable, Feisty.
... a bottled & binned Bin 389 impatiently awaiting
its release.

Courtesy of penfolds.com