2018 Bin 389 Cabernet/Shiraz, Penfolds, South Australia

Often referred to as 'Baby Grange', 2018 has made a superb 389. It is wonderfully balanced, with fresh acidity lifting the ripe, dark fruit character: soft, red plums and dark cherries. The tannins are firm but pleasant, with well-integrated oak (partly from second-use Grange barrels) giving complexity and great texture. The freshness returns on the finish, demanding another sip. Impressive now, this will continue to develop brilliantly over the coming years.

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Critic score
97/100
Pricing
Bottle
From a client
2 available
£54.52

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    South Australia, Australia
  • Grape
    57% Cabernet Sauvignon
    43% Shiraz/Syrah
  • Maturity
    Ready 2021 - 2034
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
    14.5%
2018 Bin 389 Cabernet/Shiraz, Penfolds, South Australia

TASTING NOTES

A blend of 57% cabernet sauvignon and 43% shiraz, this has a very impressively complete feel, a hallmark of the 2018 vintage wines, and there’s a myriad of characters with cabernet’s cedary and gently herbal notes sitting atop a core of rich red-plum and dark-berry shiraz fruit aromas. So integrated. The palate has a very silky texture, so plush and polished with a wealth of rich and intense dark-plum, dark-berry and blackcurrant flavors. The oak is completely soaked with ripe, fresh fruit. This is a great Bin 389. Drink over the next two decades. Screw cap.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (July 2020)
97/100
Penfolds

Few regions’ wine has been as influenced and defined by one producer as Australia has been by Penfolds. It was founded by an English doctor, Christopher Rawson Penfold, in 1844, a physician who used his port-like wines as medication to his patients’ delight. Nowadays consistency and longevity run throughout their impressive range: from their fortified wines to the affordable bin series, their delicious Chardonnays to the legendary, collectable and sought after Grange, Australia’s finest wine.

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