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Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2014

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$47.88

SKU 05929

750ml

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Colour: Bright crimson, deepening/darkening towards core. Nose: Much to intrigue here - a flash of baker's sourdough rises above; beneath - crackling/crispy duck skin and basting juices. Old-Garden fruits rhubarb/quince/fig to the fore... New-Kitchen savouries, sesame oil/pinenut follow. Pencil shavings oak, stylishly legitimised by a classic graphite/ironstone-metal blackness. Smokey, gunflint, shale descriptors abound - a reminder that there's more to Bin 389 than just crushed grapes! Palate: A tasting-slurry of red-currant/eggplant/black olive induce a darker/savoury flavour pool. A generous mid-palate embalmed by integrated plush and ripe tannins. The ferrics lurk - an iron-laden meatiness intriguingly verging towards a knife-sharpening stone primed with olive oil. What!?! Varietal credibility redeemed by crème de cassis and blueberry fruits ... but only just!
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country Australia
Region South Australia
Brand Penfolds
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
  • js95

James SucklingThis 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.

January 11, 2017
  • ws92

Wine SpectatorThe dense black cherry, blackberry and dried herb notes are juicy and intense, with velvety tannins and accents of cocoa on the long, generous finish. Drink now through 2026. Score: 92, MaryAnn Worobiec

MaryAnn Worobiec, March 31, 2017