96 POINTS | Andrew Caillard
96 POINTS | Tyson Stelzer
96 POINTS | James Halliday
95 POINTS | Campbell Mattinson
FIVE STARS 96/100 | Huon Hooke, The Real Review
We've managed to secure a small parcel of Penfolds Bin 389 - the wine known as Baby Grange as a portion of the wine is aged in the same barrels used to age Grange. The 2019 is a blend of 53% cabernet sauvignon and 47% shiraz. The cabernet provides structured tannins and firm acidity while the shiraz component adds lush fruit weight. An exceptional wine that will stand up to many years in the cellar.
The winery writes "Instantly fresh and fleshy. Some overt single-varietal cabernet and shiraz fruits still sit separate - alongside those hybridised via the blend’s sojourn in barrel and bottle ...time will unite. Expected liquorice, stewed plum and blackcurrant fruits, with dark chocolate and mocha lurking in the background. Savoury and salivating – mouth-watering, succulent acidity. This acidity interplays with integrated, evolved tannins – coating the mouth and adding length. Yes, impressive length, with concentration, and a mandatory Bin 389 ‘sweet’ core; oak completely absorbed. Polished and refined."
Andrew Caillard writes"Deep crimson. Fresh blackcurrant, mulberry, black cherry, dark chocolate aromas with roasted chestnut, cedar, liquorice notes. Full bodied and evenly balanced wine with inky cassis, mulberry black cherry fruits, fine grainy slightly grippy tannins, attractive mid-palate volume and roasted chestnut cedar wood notes. Finishes vigorously firm with plentiful sweet fruit notes. Quite muscular in attack but has the density and the richness to carry the tannins. A dark horse vintage with the shape of Bin 389 and the torque of Bin 707."
Tyson Stelzer writes "There is a resolute conviction to Bin 389, a confident assuredness that transcends its seasons like no other wine around it in the Penfolds portfolio, its consistency grounded in the almost even marriage of its two constituents. 2019 exemplifies this, a seamless harmony between the tension and fine-boned structure of cabernet and the body and depth of shiraz, yet embraced here in seamlessly interlocked harmony. A sea of glorious Penfolds tannins float a finish both expansive and far-reaching. Another grand 389 for the cellar!"