"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."
"95 pts ... The 'don't mess with me' message is immediate, the bouquet a shower of dark, savoury, earthy aromas, the palate trenchantly fullbodied - yet balanced and utterly persuasive. It needs 5 years to settle down and be friendly, but will handsomely repay patience. Drink through 2043." --09/15