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1999 Penfold’s ‘Bin 389’ Cabernet, Shiraz

Original price was: $160.00.Current price is: $145.00.
  • Producer
  • Vintage
  • Grape Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz
  • Region
  • Sub Region
    Regional South Australia
  • Size

The story of Penfolds starts in 1844, when Dr Christopher Dawson Penfolds and his wife Mary purchased 500 acres near Adelaide, a mere eight years after the establishment of the colony of South Australia. Today Penfolds owns substantial holdings throughout South Australia’s most important wine regions, including the five hectare ‘Magill’ vineyard – now surrounded by housing in the city of Adelaide – from the original 1844 purchase. In the Barossa, Penfolds owns and draws from more than 600 hectares of vineyards, with the Kalimna vineyard the jewel in Penfolds’ crown. The 160 hectares (planted) Kalimna vineyard includes the famous ‘Block 42’ or ‘Golf Course Block’, planted in 1888, housing the world’s oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vines. Penfolds also owns vineyards in the Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley, Coonawarra, Robe and Bordertown.

Penfolds, of course, produces a huge range of wines and styles, drawing on fruit from growers throughout Australia. Whilst its big reds from the Barossa are its best-known, a broad range of styles from numerous varieties are made. At the top of the tree is Grange (formerly Grange Hermitage), which is Australia’s best-known and most-beloved wine.

Tasting Notes

92 Points Campbell Mattinson
Assertive mocha-like oak. Palate is swamped with oak too. Currants, vanilla, toast and coffee – nice structure, nice flow through the mouth, but far too much fresh oak. Gorgeous, red-fruited tannins though. It might take ten years, but it could well turn into quite something. Score is an each-way bet. If the fruit wins out, it’s a pearler.

1999 Penfold’s ‘Bin 389’ Cabernet, Shiraz