“… represents probably the best value to be found in the Penfolds portfolio.”
With its deep garnet core and crimson rim colour, the nose is tightly coiled. Sweet American oak is evident including baking spices and icing sugar dusting. Italian Crostoli, cinnamon scrolls, Madagascan vanilla bean all feature. The fruit has such density, the yin and yang of cabernet and shiraz, a Penfolds staple.
There is 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 in 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 can wait that long.
97 – Andrew Caillard, The Vintage Journal
“Generously concentrated and beautifully integrated wine with plentiful blackberry, blackcurrant, fruits, fine slinky and chocolaty…. Very impressive extract, density and torque.”
97 – David Sly and Georgie Hindle, 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… Generous, approachable and complete, it tells a very satisfying wine story.”