Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2018
98 POINT RATED ANDREW CAILARD PENFOLDS LEGENDARY BIN 389 CABERNET SHIRAZ
- 98 POINT RATED ANDREW CAILLARD MW
- 97 POINT RATED NICK STOCK JAMES SUCKLING
- 96 POINT RATED JAMES HALLIDAY
- 96 POINT RATED HUON HOOKE
- 94 POINT RATED JENI PORT WINE PILOT
- 93 POINT RATED CAMPBELL MATTISON
- 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.
98 Point Rated - Andrew Caillard MW
"Deep crimson. Intense pure blackcurrant, blackberry aromas with dark chocolate notes. Generously proportioned wine with dense inky cassis, blackberry mulberry fruits, plentiful chocolaty tannins, mocha espresso oak complexity, attractive mid-palate viscosity and superb mineral length. Finishes grainy firm. A classic powerful Bin 389 year with superb fruit complexity, density and attack. Should last the distance. Seal; screwcap 2025-2045 14.5% alc 98 points. An Australian wine tradition that rarely disappoints. The 2018 highlights exceptional sourcing and the beautiful partnership between cabernet sauvignon and shiraz where the wine represents far more than the sum of its parts. A landmark wine of the 2020 collection offering collectors and drinkers the quintessential Penfolds experience. McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, Padthaway, Coonawarra, Robe, Wrattonbully. Around 18 months in 38% new and 62% seasoned American oak hogsheads."
97 Point Rated - Nick Stock James Suckling
A blend of 57% cabernet sauvignon and 43% shiraz, this has a very impressively complete feel, a hallmark of the 2018 vintage wines, and there’s a myriad of characters with cabernet’s cedary and gently herbal notes sitting atop a core of rich red-plum and dark-berry shiraz fruit aromas. So integrated. The palate has a very silky texture, so plush and polished with a wealth of rich and intense dark-plum, dark-berry and blackcurrant flavors. The oak is completely soaked with ripe, fresh fruit. This is a great Bin 389. Drink over the next two decades. Screw cap.
96 Point Rated - James Halliday Wine Companion
"This '20 release marks the 60th anniversary of Bin 389. It is a 57/43% blend from McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, Padthaway, Coonawarra, Robe and Wrattonbully, matured in American hogsheads (38% new). A perennial favourite of mine, though the price does cause me to blink. It has great colour, and a supple mouthfeel that invests the wine with a hint of elegance, underlined by the fluid, flawless balance, the length a given."
96 Point Rated - Huon Hooke The Real Review
"Very deep, dark red colour with a good tint of purple. The bouquet is sweetly super-ripe with loads of blackberry jam and fruit sweetness, the palate likewise sumptuously deep in fruit with oak keeping very much in the background. The flavour fills the mouth superbly and continues long into the aftertaste, harmonised by lashings of soft, ripe tannins. There are definite notes of cassis and herb from the cabernet component and the oak contributes a subtle trace of charred timber that complements the fruit. Sumptuous fruit sweetness. A ripping wine that seems to be less oak-marked than this wine traditionally is."
96 Point Rated - Decanter Magazine
Confident Cabernet (57%) leads this high-spirited, swirling dance, as a breezy wisp of blue and black berries waft over the earthy bulk of sturdy Shiraz. It’s a clever trick for such bright fruit to be contained by tannins in an interlocked embrace, without smothering the obvious exuberance of this marriage. Supple and nimble, it keeps shifting and changing in the glass. A truly beautiful blend.
94 Point Rated- Jeni Port Wine Pilot
2020 commemorates the 60th anniversary since Bin 389 was first made.
The colour is deep, penetrating crimson. The bouquet has blackberry, black cherry, dried herbs, chocolate and toasted coconut plus a touch of Coonawarra mint. It is a most generous 389, big mouthful of flavour with Cabernet contributing black fruits, a deep earthiness, dried herbs. Shiraz brings the red fruits and spice. Fully formed as always but oak appears to be over-stating its presence with coconut, vanilla strains throughout. Not quite up to the better examples of 389 which can be beautifully and fully formed from the get go. Quiet, unassuming tannins. More muscular than previous releases.
93 Point Rated - Campbell Mattison
"Grapes sourced from Barossa Valley, Coonawarra, McLaren Vale, Padthaway, Robe and Wrattonbully. 57% cabernet sauvignon, 43% shiraz. All American oak, 38% new.
It’s a showy Bin 389 or perhaps by that I mean that the oak shows quite a bit. It’s also warm through the finish. It’s substantially flavoured, a bit ferrous, a bit meaty, with coffee, toast and dark chocolate notes adding beef to blackberry, blackcurrant and gum leaf. It has the substance and the structure to age well, if not superbly. I tossed up between 93 and 94 here and, after revisiting many times, finally settled on the former, though it was a close-run thing. It’s not quite as compelling as I expect Bin 389 to be, but its quality is still high."
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 Shiraz|
|Cellaring:||Drink now or cellar up 2040|