Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2017
97 POINT RATED JAMES HALLIDAY & TONY LOVE PENFOLDS LEGENDARY BIN 389 CABERNET SHIRAZ
- 97 POINT RATED JAMES HALLIDAY
- 97 POINT RATED TONY LOVE
- 96 POINT RATED ANDREW CAILLARD
- 93 POINT RATED DECANTER
- PENFOLDS BABY GRANGE AUSTRALIA'S MOST COLLECTED WINE
Full and rich. A custom-fitted generous mid-palate – mandated for this marque. Flavours of a platter of charcuterie meats, pastrami dominating.Also vying for taste and textural attention – pomegranate, cranberry, Madagascan vanilla pod, liquorice straps.This wine’s youthful profile tempered by softened and even tannins – from start to finish. And the judicious use of new oak.
97 Points - James Halliday
"Like most of its siblings, is complex and compelling, the bouquet setting the scene, and the palate filling it. Black fruits, gently vanillan oak, superfine but persistent tannins are but the start."
97 Points - Tony Love
96 Points - Andrew Caillard MW
"Medium deep colour. Fresh dark cherry, blackberry, herb garden violet aromas with praline notes. Inky textured and velvety smooth with attractive dark cherry, cassis, blackberry fruits, underlying mocha dark chocolate roasted chestnut notes, loose knit slinky/ grainy textures, integrated mineral acidity and a long inky tannin plume. Text book 389 showing the balance between power and elegance. Will develop well. "
94 Points - Campbell Mattinson
94 Point Rated
94 Points - Nick Stock James Suckling
A blend of fruit from McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, Padthaway and Wrattonbully, this so-called ‘Baby Grange’ is matured for 12 months in American oak, partly in previous-vintage Grange casks. It has a very special quality on the nose, combining as it does both the cassis of Cabernet (54%) and liquorice-spiced dark fruit of Shiraz (46%), with a note of mint.and the veneer of vanilla oak. An Australian classic (dare I mention 'icon'...), it has a seductive sweetness and richness of spice-infused dark fruit on the palate, supported by a touch of mint and sweet vanillin oak, all silky-textured in this vintage. It's almost forward, suggesting early approachability and yet, deceptively, with a structure of firm tannins and a fine spine of acidity for good ageing potential. One for spiced duck breast or oxtail. Drinking Window 2021 - 2030"
92 Points - Robert Parker
"The 2017 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz is only 54-46 in favor of Cabernet Sauvignon, yet it shows pronounced mint and cassis aromas. The Shiraz is more apparent in the mouth, where it fills out the full-bodied palate with velvety richness and plush tannins before fading a bit quickly on the finish. This vintage includes fruit from McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, Padthaway and Wrattonbully."
Bin 389 was often referred to as ‘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 forge Penfolds reputation with red wine drinkers by combining the structure of cabernet sauvignon with the richness of shiraz.
Exemplifying the judicious balance of fruit and oak, Bin 389 highlights the generous mid-palate Penfolds in known for.
Growing regions across South Australia experienced a cool and wet winter and spring, conditions which provided the vines with good soil moisture profiles. Several longstanding rainfall records across South Australia were broken. Spring was typically windy, which caused some challenges with fruit set, however it warded off any danger from frost. The prevailing cool conditions extended the growing season with flowering and veraison occurring later than the long-term average.
Select regions took two weeks longer than usual from the advent of budburst to flowering. No heatwaves were recorded, with only a handful of days recording temperatures above 40 degrees. Warmer weather in March was welcomed, allowing grapes to finish ripening with great colours and varietal character.
McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, Padthaway, Wrattonbully, South Australia
|Grape Variety:||Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Cellaring:||Drink now or cellar up to 10 years|