"Nose: A first impression of dark fruits and chocolate, splashed by spices – cinnamon, vanillin pod, cola.Then, a transient umami dabble – via cues of Worcestershire sauce/smoked Barossa bacon/beef cube.To follow, a bruléed lift mirrored by scents of toasted brioche, soaked oats. Intriguingly different, yet still Bin 389, albeit young/evolving at this perusal at an early stage.
Palate: Expansive, explosive, exotic...a Bin 389 triple-ex palate rating!A wave/surge of fruits and spice unleashed – propelled by tomato and tahini paste flavours.Juicy, succulent tannins engulf, alongside oak – adding volume, density. Mouth-coating in every sense.Long and lingering. Best 2018 - 2035."
"Bin 389 is often referred to as 'Poor Man's Grange' or 'Baby Grange', in part because components of the wine are matured in the same barrels that held the previous vintage of Grange. 51% Cabernet, 49% Shiraz. Aged 12 months in 28% new, 60% 1-y.o., 12% 2-y.o. American oak hogsheads. 14.5% alc."
"96 pts ... First made in ’60, and for long called ‘poor man’s Grange’, a strange name for a $90 wine. It’s always been a varietal and regional blend, once matured in hand-me-down Grange barrels, but no longer. There is much conjecture about the amount of Dom Perignon made each year, and the same is true of this wine. A bottle number could cause embarrassment. It’s seriously good, its palate of black fruits, licorice, oak and earth held tight by tannins as only Penfolds can make."
"96 pts ... This has some real poise and depth in the glass; it's inky dark and deeply colored. The fruits are in the boysenberry, blackberry, plum and blueberry spectrum, and there's plenty of black tea as well as hints of bergamot. It's wine with a wealth of oak-derived spices and a coal, smoky, savory edge. The palate's plush and ripe, opening out over fleshy dark-fruit flavors in a soft and charming mode. It then charges up with plenty of rich, ripe tannin and remains long and saturated through the finish. Balanced and rich, it's really satisfying, holding succulent and on point. Best from 2020 and for more than a decade after that. This is a great 389. A 53%/47% split in 2014: sourced from Barossa Valley, Wrattonbully, McLaren Vale and Coonawarra."