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2018 Penfolds "Bin 389" Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz South Australia

SKU #1497364 97 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (7/2020)

96 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Confident Cabernet (57%) leads this high-spirited, swirling dance, as a breezy wisp of blue and black berries waft over the earthy bulk of sturdy Shiraz. It’s a clever trick for such bright fruit to be contained by tannins in an interlocked embrace, without smothering the obvious exuberance of this marriage. Supple and nimble, it keeps shifting and changing in the glass. A truly beautiful blend. (DS) Inner quote mark (7/2020)

96 points James Halliday

Outer quote mark This '20 release marks the 60th anniversary of Bin 389. It is a 57/43% blend from McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, Padthaway, Coonawarra, Robe and Wrattonbully, matured in American hogsheads (38% new). A perennial favourite of mine, though the price does cause me to blink. It has great colour, and a supple mouthfeel that invests the wine with a hint of elegance, underlined by the fluid, flawless balance, the length a given. Inner quote mark (8/2020)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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. (JC) Inner quote mark (7/2020)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Polished and generous, oozing with details of blackberry pie, Earl Grey tea, black licorice, star anise and dried lavender, with more savory notes of cigar box, rosemary, cassis and black pepper. Accents of cream soda and salted caramel linger on the finish. (MW) Inner quote mark (11/2020)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark So luxurious! Exquisite black cherry and chocolate on the palate, stylish vanilla oak and buttery tannins. Finishes with the sweetest dryness possible, if that isn't too (oxy)moronic a thing to say. 17.5/20 points (RH) Inner quote mark (9/2021)

K&L Notes

#46 on James Sucklings' Top 100 Wines of Australia 2020


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