Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2020
|Region||Australia, South Australia|
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.
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.
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.
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.