Comprised of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon and 49% Shiraz, this is possibly the finest of the ‘Bin’ wines it certainly sees the largest demand. A super fine and elegant, yet powerful 398 that's underpinned with purity and definition. There's some lovely dusty tannins courtesy of the Cabernet to compliment silky dark fruits. Some spicy oak rounds out the package.
A 51/ 49% blend of cabernet sauvignon and shiraz from McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley, it spent 12 months in 30% new and 70% in one-year-old American hogsheads. It ripples with cassis, mocha, dark chocolate and hints of tar and black olive. 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, by the legendary Max Schubert, 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 judiciously balancing fruit and oak.