Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2018

Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2018

$119.00

A blend of 57% cabernet sauvignon and 43% shiraz, this has a very impressively complete feel, a hallmark of the 2018 vintage wines, and there’s a myriad of characters with cabernet’s cedary and gently herbal notes sitting atop a core of rich red-plum and dark-berry shiraz fruit aromas. So integrated.

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Source: jamessuckling.com. Issue Date: December 1, 2020 (JS-97)

A blend of 57% cabernet sauvignon and 43% shiraz, this has a very impressively complete feel, a hallmark of the 2018 vintage wines, and there’s a myriad of characters with cabernet’s cedary and gently herbal notes sitting atop a core of rich red-plum and dark-berry shiraz fruit aromas. So integrated. The palate has a very silky texture, so plush and polished with a wealth of rich and intense dark-plum, dark-berry and blackcurrant flavors. The oak is completely soaked with ripe, fresh fruit. This is a great Bin 389. Drink over the next two decades. Screw cap.

Source: July 2020 Penfolds Releases, The Wine Advocate; Issue Date: 22nd Jul 2020 (RP-93)

Hints of toasted coconut accent big cassis aromas on the nose of the 2018 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz, which is a 57-43 blend this vintage. Full-bodied, with cherry flesh complementing the sterner cassis and tobacco notes, it's supple enough to be approachable now, yet with the concentration and requisite dusty tannins on the long finish to support more than a decade of aging
Drink Date 2021 - 2035

Source: Winemaker,

TASTE DESCRIPTION
Color
Bright, crimson red

Nose
Lifted, fragrant. Immediately Penfolds. Aficionados may quickly identify and proclaim 389.
Opulently: Trifle: layers of custard and port-wine dark jelly with flaked coconut and juniper/cassis.
Cake: old-fashioned hummingbird cake, with coconut flakes and nutty flavours.
Overheard: “Petrichor aromas gradating to silkworm-eaten mulberry leaf”. Honestly!?!
Familial youthful Bin 389 oak – subtle matchstick and a hint of vanilla powder.
As they say – what is there not to like?!

PALATE
Balance of the sweet (cabernet) and the savoury (shiraz).
Possesses what has now often been referred to as a black forest cake 2018 vintage flavour profile.
Darker fruits – closer to that of a black cherry liqueur than a crème de cassis component of Kir.
Flavours of roasted beetroot – a venison sauce beetroot reduction … similar texturally to a congealed sweet fat (a custardy emulsion/film – not a grainy paste).
Oak and tannins absorbed. Both are certainly present, yet not at all demanding their own space on this Bin 389 stage. Substantial, intense.

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