Penfolds - Bin 389 2011A Flurry of Fruits
Nose: Brimming with mocha/coffee ground aromatics, heightened by tar/bitumen black notes. Appealing char and creamy, vanilla oak detected ever-so-subtly in the background. Naturally, a flurry of fruits, spice and varietal markers abound.
Palate: In a couple of words, voluminous and powerful. A sensory stratification of layers of taste separated via time of detection and unravelling of flavours. At first, Christmas pudding with roasted nuts, then rare lamb and black olives, then sarsaparilla spice. Tannins awashed, oak absorbed, fruit awakened.
Bin 389 is often referred to as Poor Mans Grange or Baby Grange, in part because components of the wine are matured in the same barrels that held the previous vintage of Grange. First made in 1960, by the legendary Max Schubert, this was the wine that helped to build Penfolds solid reputation with red wine drinkers. Combining the structure of Cabernet with the richness of Shiraz, Bin 389 also exemplifies Penfolds skill in judiciously balancing fruit and oak.
Peak Drinking: 2015 to 2030.