Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2020 750ml - Vine Republic
Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2020 750ml
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Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2020

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Category Red Wine
Origin Australia, South Australia
Brand Penfolds
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
Deep garnet core, crimson rim. Nose is tightly coiled. Sweet American oak evident - baking spices, icing sugar dusting. Italian Crostoli, cinnamon scrolls, Madagascan vanilla bean. The fruit has such density, the yin and yang of cabernet and shiraz, a Penfolds staple. No tussle for varietal supremacy, harmonious. Traditional German Kuchen (cake shop) sweet treats, walnut torte with ganache frosting, raspberry coulis, pouring cream. Fresh black cherries and ripe black plums. From the savoury sphere, hints of seared wagyu seasoned with cracked pepper. Sundried tomatoes, salsa verde and kalamata olive tapenade. A well-defined focus on palate. Forward facing - line and length. The fascinating interplay between cabernet sauvignon and shiraz providing not only considerable length and structure, but also width and density. Result... completely filling the palate. Always anticipated, a trademark creamy Bin 389 mid-palate. A wine with much to offer even in the flush of youth. Complexing flavours: savoury nuances of freshly sliced fennel, pan wilted radicchio leaf and pickled turnips. Moroccan lamb backstraps on eggplant relish. Red liquorice and cherry provide a sweet counterpoint. Evolved tannins seamlessly drive the palate structure. Will last many decades, if you can wait that long.
Wine Advocate
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Looking in on the 389 can be "'can be," she says, parenthetically) a good insight into what we can expect from the upcoming Grange. Now, they are very different wines, no question, however, stylistically they have much in common and the illumination into the season that birthed the wines in each instance. Here, the 2020 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz has consummate polish and sleek tannins, imbued as they are with graphite, black tea, licorice and resin. The fruit is pure and black and chewy... gorgeous wine. And it lives for decades. This has always been a collector's dream and continues so through this vintage. Highly recommended.

Erin Larkin, July 21, 2022
Wine Spectator
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Dense and succulent, with velvety tannins and a core of spiced plum and blackberry. The details and aromatics take this wine to the next level-reminiscent of dark chocolate and Black Forest cake, Kalamata olive, nutmeg and palo santo. Gains momentum on the long, expressive finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Drink now through 2037.

MaryAnn Worobiec, December 15, 2022
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The 2020 Bin 389 is an iconic McLaren Vale, Barossa and Padthaway blend of Cabernet/Shiraz, made in a restrained but approachable style. It offers up bright, pure and primary Cabernet aromas of leafy cassis over a bed of blackberries, with reserved oak in good support. Shiraz then comes to the fore with plump peppery and mulberry flavours with delicious vitality and a backbone of ample sinewy tannins that support a lingering finish. A good but not great Bin 389.

July 2022
Wine Enthusiast
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An almost even split of Cab and Shiraz, this is a muscular, reticent red you could cut with a knife. Plump plum and blackberry aromas are followed by peppery, dusty spices and chocolatey oak. Tannins are powerful and sinewy, wrapping around the tongue like a vice, leaving just enough room for the dark fruit to shine. Drink 2024-2034.

Christina Pickard, April 1, 2023