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Penfolds Cabernet Shiraz Bin 389
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Penfolds Cabernet Shiraz Bin 389 2016

South Australia, AustraliaBin 389 has often been referred to as ‘Baby Grange’, partially due to the fact 389 was aged in some of the same barrels that housed the previous vintage of Grange. This is reported to be the second most cellared wine in Oz, after Grange. First made in 1960 by legendary Penfolds winemaker Max Schubert, this was the wine that proved the structure of Penfolds cabernet sauvignon worked with the richness of their shiraz. This vintage is 54% Cabernet Sauvignon and 46% Shiraz, from McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, Padthaway, and Wrattonbully. The wines aged one year in American oak hogsheads (29% new). Blackberry, wild blueberry, black cherry, dark plum, and black peppercorns flood the dense, compact palate, framed with leathery, firm tannins that wrap around the weight and girth of this 14.5 degree declared red. Still very young, this needs more time to unravel itself. If drinking now, decant well in advance and pour with roast beef or lamb.Tasted: 18 January 2020Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 99.99 BCLS AB 55.00 private wine shops SK 77.00 SLGA MB 69.00 Liquor Mart ON 69.95 LCBO QC 69.95 SAQ Producer: PenfoldsDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon - ShirazCSPC: 309625UPC: 012354071209