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Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2020

The Collective Review

The most collected of the Penfolds Bin wines, this iconic Cabernet Shiraz blend still offers great value compared to its other family members. The 2020 release got an amazing 97 points from three noted wine critics, including Andrew Caillard. This wine is often referred to as "Baby Grange," as some fruit components are matured in the barrels in which the previous vintage of Grange was held. This wine is all about line and length and drinking beautifully now.

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The superb quality of fruit allocated in this luscious blend – dubbed by many as 'baby Grange' – represents probably the best value to be found in the Penfolds portfolio, and is the shining star of the reds in the 2022 Collection. Its rich and plush mixture of plum, black cherry and mulberry flavours are slapped into line by a stern tannin drill sergeant, so that it finishes cleanly and absolutely correctly. Generous, approachable and complete, it tells a very satisfying wine story. Drink 2022 - 2045. 97 Points David Sly - Decanter (June 2022) Read more
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97 POINTS
David Sly - Decanter

The superb quality of fruit allocated in this luscious blend – dubbed by many as 'baby Grange' – represents probably the best value to be found in the Penfolds portfolio, and is the shining star of the reds in the 2022 Collection. Its rich and plush mixture of plum, black cherry and mulberry flavours are slapped into line by a stern tannin drill sergeant, so that it finishes cleanly and absolutely correctly. Generous, approachable and complete, it tells a very satisfying wine story. Drink 2022 - 2045. 97 Points David Sly - Decanter (June 2022)

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97 POINTS
Andrew Caillard MW

Deep crimson. Lovely blackberry, blackcurrant, dark plum aromas with roasted chestnut, chinotto, dark chocolate notes. Generously concentrated and beautifully integrated wine with plentiful blackberry, blackcurrant, fruits, fine slinky/ chocolaty, hint al dente/bitter-sweet tannins, superb mid-palate volume, some inky complexity, lovely mocha/ espresso oak notes and fresh long juicy acidity. Builds up claret firm with graphite minerally notes. Very impressive extract, density and torque. A reference Penfolds wine. McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley and Padthaway. 12 months maturation in American (33% new) and seasoned oak hogsheads

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96 POINTS
James Suckling

Very rich, ripe and intense, this has plenty of depth and is one of the strongest statements of Penfolds’ house style. Rich vanillin and sweetly spicy American oak on the nose, with chocolate, blueberry, violet, blackberry and iodine notes. The palate delivers quite approachable and supple texture, smoothly fleshy and inviting. Flavors of blackberry, blackcurrant and mulberry abound. Deep and ripe finish with nutty tannins to close. A blend of McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley and Padthaway. Drink or hold. Screw cap. 96 Points JamesSuckling.com (August 2022)

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96 POINTS
Erin Larkin - Wine Advocate

Looking in on the 389 can be "'can be," she says, parenthetically) a good insight into what we can expect from the upcoming Grange. Now, they are very different wines, no question, however, stylistically they have much in common and the illumination into the season that birthed the wines in each instance. Here, the 2020 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz has consummate polish and sleek tannins, imbued as they are with graphite, black tea, licorice and resin. The fruit is pure and black and chewy... gorgeous wine. And it lives for decades. This has always been a collector's dream and continues so through this vintage. Highly recommended. Drink 2022 - 2047. 96 Points Erin Larkin - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (July 2022)

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96 POINTS
Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front

Grapes sourced from Padthaway, McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley. 51% cabernet sauvignon, 49% shiraz. 12 months in American oak, 33% new. Such a solid, svelte release, as seamless and accessible as I’ve seen a new-release Bin 389 though with the tannin and overall stuffing to go long term. There’s as much plum as blackcurrant here, as much finesse as grunt, though perhaps its most distinguishing trait is the exceptional length though the finish. The palate is plush, the finish is drenched in both flavour and tannin, and yet everything here feels meticulous. Drink 2025 - 2038+ 96 Points Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front (July 2022)

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95 POINTS
James Halliday - Halliday's Wine Companion

A blend of cabernet sauvignon and shiraz (51/49%) sourced from vineyards in McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley and Padthway. Matured for 12 months in American hogsheads (33% new). Coming back to this Australian battler after Penfold's Napa and Bordeaux trials was something of a rude shock in the first instance. This is big, bold, beautiful and quintessentially Australian. It makes no apologies for its wealth of black fruits, almost succulent tannins, and vanillin oak. James Halliday Published 12 August 2022

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Jancis Robinson MW

51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 49% Shiraz. A wine that’s apparently ‘very strictly allocated, as Bin 150 is. We can’t keep up with demand’, according to Gago. Fruit from McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, Padthaway. 12 months in American oak hogsheads (33% new). TA 6.5 g/l, pH 3.61. Intense, ‘purple fruit’ nose. Sweet start, very winning, more flattering than some of the earlier-poured wines in this tasting. But all this fruit is cocooned inside a firm structure. Drink 2025 – 2045. 17.5 / 20 Points JancisRobinson.com (June 2022)

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Tasting Notes

Deep garnet core, crimson rim. Tightly coiled. Sweet American oak evident – baking spices, icing sugar dusting. Italian Crostoli, cinnamon scrolls, Madagascan vanilla bean. The fruit has such density, the yin and yang of cabernet and shiraz, a Penfolds staple. No tussle for varietal supremacy, harmonious. Traditional German Kuchen (cake shop) sweet treats, walnut torte with ganache frosting, raspberry coulis, pouring cream. Fresh black cherries and ripe black plums. From the savoury sphere, hints of seared wagyu seasoned with cracked pepper. Sundried tomatoes, salsa verde and kalamata olive tapenade. A well-defined focus on palate. Forward facing – line and length. The fascinating interplay between cabernet sauvignon and shiraz providing not only considerable length and structure, but also width and density. Result... completely filling the palate. Always anticipated, a trademark creamy Bin 389 mid-palate. A wine with much to offer even in the flush of youth. Complexing flavours: savoury nuances of freshly sliced fennel, pan wilted radicchio leaf and pickled turnips. Moroccan lamb backstraps on eggplant relish. Red liquorice and cherry provide a sweet counterpoint. Evolved tannins seamlessly drive the palate structure. Will last many decades, if you c an wait that long.

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Winemakers Note

The most collected of the Penfolds Bin wines, this iconic Cabernet Shiraz blend still offers great value compared to its other family members. The 2020 release got an amazing 97 points from three noted wine critics, including Andrew Caillard. This wine is often referred to as "Baby Grange," as some fruit components are matured in the barrels in which the previous vintage of Grange was held. This wine is all about line and length and drinking beautifully now. 
 

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Customer Reviews
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