2019 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet - Shiraz, South Australia (750ml)
Instantly fresh and fleshy. Some overt single-varietal Cabernet and Shiraz fruits still sit separate. Expected licorice, stewed plum and blackcurrant, with dark chocolate and mocha in the background. Savory and salivating – mouth-watering, succulent acidity. This acidity interplays with integrated tannins – coating the mouth and adding impressive length.
Blend: 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Shiraz
With its seamless textural slide across the palate, this is a superb example of what is considered a distinctly Australian blend, showing both generosity and serious intent. A magnificent full nose leads to a lively dance of red plums over blue and black fruits, although the strong acid spine results in a rather sharp finish. Time in the cellar will reveal more integrated harmony between the essential elements. Drinking Window 2021 - 2045.
- Decanter, 95 pts.
Rich, succulent flavors of wild berry are ripe and plush, but there's terrific restraint here as well, with cedary tannins and an element of palo santo, along with tobacco, dried herb and green tea notes that are firm on the finish, as more grace notes reveal themselves. Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Drink now through 2047.
- Wine Spectator, 94 pts.
Shows a very strident, oak-driven nose with cedar and spice that’s overlaid on ripe blackcurrant, red plum and cherry. Pepper and cocoa powder, too. The palate has a sinewy feel with intense summer berries and plums, as well as strong blackcurrant character. Curated to a brazen style with strong tannins.
- James Suckling, 94 pts.
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