1996 Penfolds Bin 389 cabernet shiraz. Rated 97Pts by Jeremy Oliver, this is a classic Bin 389.
Winemaker comments by Penfolds Rewards of Patience, Sixth edition, 2008.
The 1996 Penfolds Bin 389 is deep red in colour. The nose is expressive with all the hallmarks of a ‘Baby Grange’; lovely inky blackberry, meaty, cedar, graphite aromas. The palate is dense, generous, rich, sweet-fruit flavours, underlying malt oak and slinky, chocolaty tannins. This is a great vintage with incredible fruit power and energy.
After the drought conditions in 1995, much needed rains replenished the soils during the winter across most of South Australia. The first half of the growing season was dry and cool, allowing the fruit to set and mature slowly. The last two months of the season warmed to bring in physically mature, ripe complex fruit.
MATURATION Aged 14 months in new (25%) and used American oak.
WINE ANALYSIS Alc/Vol: 14.00% – Acidity: 6.60g/L – pH: 3.55
LAST TASTED Penfolds Rewards of Patience, Sixth edition, 2008.
PEAK DRINKING Now to 2025 – Penfolds Rewards of Patience, Sixth edition, 2008.
FOOD MATCHES Beef