Penfolds ‘Bin 389′ Cabernet/Shiraz 2008

Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia - South Australia
Review Date : 23-Apr-2011
The classic Australian blend, ‘Bin 389' was first made in 1960. It is called the ‘Poor Man's Grange' or ‘Baby Grange' as components of the wine are aged in barrels that held ‘Grange' the previous year, thus supposedly picking up some of its character. 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 48% Shiraz, from Barossa Valley, Coonawarra, Langhorne Creek and McLaren Vale fermented to 14.5% alc., then aged 13 months in American oak hogsheads, 34% new. Dark, dense black-red in colour, with youthful purple hues, this has an elegant and stylish bouquet of fully-ripened black fruits, pepper, spices, liquorice and cedar, somewhat locked in and brooding at present. However on palate much more expressive with layers of flavour. Ripe, sweet dark berry fruits, plums, Oriental spices, pepper and oak cedar unfold and fill the mouth. There is an opulence, still reined-in, lovely balance and harmony with the sweet fruit and oak flavours framed within fine, tight tannins. This juxtaposes style and richness and is a complete wine. Match with finely presented game meat. Cellar for 15-20 years. 19.0+/20 Apr 2011 RRP $49.99

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