Thursday, August 20, 2020

Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet/Shiraz

 The Penfolds Bin 389 is often called 'Baby Grange', because it is matured in oak previously used by Grange. And it has in common the finalization of fermentation in barrel. However, the fact that it is a Cabernet dominant blend makes it quite different. I will now call it 'Old Faithful'. It has been around for almost 70 years, and you know what you are getting.

The 2010 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet/Shiraz has an almost black colour, very inky. There is blackberry on the nose, and the eucalypt gives the Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon away. I never thought I would use the term 'fresh' in describing a Penfolds wine, but this wine is still vibrant at 10 years. The wine is elegant yet very full-bodied. The energy in the wine makes it long rather than round. The wine is not heavy, despite the 14.5% alcohol. The tannins are fine grained, and there is a long finish of black fruit.

On day two, strong espresso notes became prominent, and the fruit was a bit dry. Therefore only

Score: 95/++   

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