Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2021
97 POINT RATED ANDREW CAILLARD MW 97 POINT RATED RAY JORDAN & 97 POINT RATED KEN GARGETT
- 97 Point Rated Andrew Caillard MW
- 97 Point Rated Ken Gargett
- 97 Point Rated Ray Jordan
- 95 Point Rated Campbell Mattinson The Wine Front
- 96 Point Rated Tyson Stelzer WBM
Padthaway, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra, Wrattonbully, Barossa Valley
|Drink now or cellar up to 2055
A kaleidoscope of aromas. First noted, sweet pastries. Blueberry danish and chocolate croissant. Sugar dusting. The fruits of the forest are quick to emerge, fresh blackberries and mulberries dominant. There is the faintest suggestion of formic acid, Max Schubert would approve. Dried bay leaf, pink peppercorns and black cardamom add spicy intrigue. The imagination conjures thoughts of rare roast beef with black pepper crust, seared venison loin, coal dust, cocoa powder and graphite. With a swirl, aniseed/licorice notes become pronounced. A flawless integration of the two varietals, neither dominating but working together in harmony. The aroma descriptors deftly match the palate. Flavours of black fruit and red fruit compote abound. Cocoa powder sweetness adds weight to the substantial mid-palate. There are plenty of savoury flavours to balance out the sweetness, with cold sliced salted beef, roast lamb cooking juices and cured pastrami. The tannins are fine, reminiscent of oolong tea, providing plenty of structure. The delicious fruit is married seamlessly with the creamy American oak. A fine seam of acid provides a refreshing lift on the finish. Very approachable now, but with plenty to offer down the track.
McLaren Vale enjoyed a relatively mild growing season. Dry conditions in July were countered by good spring rainfall. Warm conditions prevailed throughout spring. There were only nine summer days above 35°C. January conditions were near average, however conditions in February and March were mild. Veraison was late and that pushed harvest into March. The Barossa Valley growing season was also relatively mild with long dry spells. July was unusually dry, however good falls in August provided a solid foundation for the vines to thrive in spring. Spring temperatures were generally warmer than average with favourable climactic conditions for budburst and flowering. Summer temperatures were near long-term average, with 21 days >35°C. Coonawarra, Wrattonbully and Padthaway in the Southeast all had a favourable start to the growing season. Spring was notably warm, November especially, up +3°C on the long-term average in Coonawarra. Coonawarra experienced seven days of minimum temperatures.
97 Point Rated - Ken Gargett
"This is truly great 389, perhaps the best ever. The Cabernet (53%) just dominates the Shiraz (47%). A Blend of Mclaren Vale, Coonawarra, Barossa Valley, Wrattonbully and Padthaway, the wine spends a year in American oak hogsheads, 37% new. Dark maroon in colour, the aromas include plums, mulberries, mocha, leather, tabacco leaves, dry herbs and hints of freshly rolled cigar plus a touch of blueberries. There is finesse yet intensity, focus and direction and balance. Great length and silky tannins. Notes of chocolate, licorice and blueberries emerge on the palate. A wine which lingers with intent suggesting ageing potentialof twenty years plus. Wonderful stuff, the score that has every chance of going even higher. A cracker!
97 Point Rated - Ray Jordan
"A wine of great generosity and power that is typical of this famous blend and bin. It’s from multi regions and typically has been matured in 100% American oak of which 37% was new. Plush dark fruits with hints of licorice, peppery savouriness and little of that crushed ants character that has been synonymous with this wine and its big brother Grange. There’s a delightful, sweet chocolate richness with plump ripe fruit evident. Has a rich compote of fruit character."
96 Point Rated - Tyson Stelzer Wine Business Monthly
"Penfolds revealed that in the strong 2021 vintage, parcels that might otherwise have been reserved for Grange and Bin 707 found their way into Bin 389. The result is monumental, uniting all of the enduring structure and potential that underline the pedigree of this fabled label with the definition and precision of this fantastic season. It unites a core of pristine blackcurrant Cabernet fruit with the plum skin of Shiraz and a backdrop of fine-grained American oak that will see it through effortless decades in the cellar. Strictly of the long-term."
94 Point Rated - Dave Brookes Halliday Wine Companion
"The famous multiregional blend of 53/47% cabernet sauvignon/shiraz matured in American oak (37% new) for 12 months. Densely packed black and dark berry fruits cut with hints of herbs, roasting meats, licorice, dark chocolate, earth and oak spice. Coming in after some of its plush and elegant siblings, this 389 release looked a little chewy and sinewy in comparison. Finishes with robust berry fruits, oolong tea and a blast of American oak creaminess. I've no doubt it will age well, but it wasn't very giving on this showing."
94 Point Rated - Huon Hooke The Real Review
"Very deep, bright and saturated purple-red colour, with aromas of earthy/stone, graphite and ferrous notes, shiraz leading the tune, but the cabernet filling in the back and front of the palate. The line is a trifle uneven at this early stage but time will surely put that to rights. Firm, solid, long palate, begging for more time. (McLaren Vale, Coonawarra, Barossa Valley, Wrattonbully, Padthaway)"