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2014 Penfolds Australian (Red Blend) "Bin 389"

Winery: Penfolds

Vintage: 2014

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Bin 389"

Wine Category: Australian (Red Blend)

Grape blend: 53% Cabernet Sauvignon & 47% Shiraz

Region: South Australia

State or country: Australia

Price: $69

Cases produced: 2,009

KWG Score: 92.2 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)

Review date: June 23, 2017

Wine Review: This dark ruby colored Cabernet and Shiraz blend from Penfolds opens with a black cherry bouquet with a hint of blueberry. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and juicy. The flavor profile is a mineral infused plum with notes of oak and boysenberry. I also detected hints of black cherry and dark chocolate. The finish is dry and its medium tannins build up and last for quite a while. I would pair this tasty wine with a ribeye steak. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Colour: Bright crimson, deepening/darkening towards core Nose: Much to intrigue here – a flash of baker’s sourdough rises above; beneath - crackling/crispy duck skin and basting juices. Old-Garden fruits - rhubarb/quince/fig to the fore… New-Kitchen savouries, sesame oil/pinenut follow. Pencil shavings oak, stylishly legitimized by a classic graphite/ironstone-metal blackness. Smokey, gunflint, shale descriptors abound – a reminder that there's more to Bin 389 than just crushed grapes! Palate: A tasting-slurry of red-currant/eggplant/black olive induce a darker/savoury flavour pool. A generous mid-palate embalmed by integrated plush and ripe tannins. The ferrics lurk - an iron-laden meatiness intriguingly verging towards a knife-sharpening stone primed with olive oil. What!?! Varietal credibility redeemed by crème de cassis and blueberry fruits … but only just!

Organic status: not organic

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Penfolds 2014 Bin 389.

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