Saturday, February 10, 2018

Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz

I am a bit hesitant to put up a review on Bin 389. What can be said that has not already been said about this legendary wine? In contemplating this question, it was clear there is one thing: do not drink this wine too early in its life. I opened a 2006 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz, and it has just reached its strong drinking window. 

The colour is still impenetrably dark. Blackcurrant and plum fruit deliver a sweet core, but not in an extreme way. The two grape varieties are seamlessly integrated, as is the oak (old Grange barrels). Dark chocolate and soft beef flavours add to the complexity. The overall impact is a beautifully rounded mouthfeel with mellowed tannins, which still have a firm grip on the wine's structure. This is a top wine from a not so highly regarded vintage.

Score: 95/+++  

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