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2008 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet-Shiraz

Lightly depressed cork; label condition issue

ITEM 8389452 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit; Purchased at retail

Bidder Amount Total
$45
Item Sold Amount Date
I8454387 1 $37 Sep 25, 2022
I8389428 2 $45 Aug 21, 2022
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RATINGS

91The Wine Advocate

... appealing notes of mocha, cloves and chocolate box over a core of blueberries and kirsch. Medium to full bodied, it’s dense and taut in the mouth with a firm structure of chewy tannins and lively acidity, finishing long...

91Vinous / IWC

Pungent cherry, violet, licorice and herbs on the nose. Dense and chewy, offering bitter cherry and dark chocolate flavors and a hint of candied flowers. Spicy and focused on the very persistent finish...

91Wine Enthusiast

... richly fruited, with oak in matching intensity yet not jammy or oaky, and the velvety finish lasts a good long time...

90Wine Spectator

Medium-weight and firm in texture, packing in its dark berry, tar, black olive and warm brick flavors on a juicy frame. The tannins have grip, so give this one a few years for the best results.

PRODUCER

Penfolds

Penfolds makes Australia’s most renowned wine – Penfolds Grange, a Shiraz-based wine that was inspired by Rhone Valley’s Syrah blends. Grange was introduced in 1951 by Max Schubert, the legendary Penfolds winemaker in the middle and later years of the 20th century. As a wine producer, Penfolds’ history dates to the mid-19th century, when a young English physician named Dr. Penfold migrated to Australia and started producing wine as boon to the health of his patients. Until World War II the winery specialized in fortified wines and brandy, but Schubert helped turn Penfolds into a successful producer of table wines, including Grange and Bin 707, a Cabernet Sauvignon. Today the company is owned by Southcorp Wines and produces many grape varieties, including Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Chardonnay along with Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Annual production of Grange is 8,000-10,000 cases. Annual production of Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon is 10,000-14,000 cases.

REGION

Australia, South Australia, Barossa Valley

South Australia is the nation’s most important wine region. South Australia is to Australia what California is to the U.S. About half of Australia’s wine comes from South Australia and many of the country’s most acclaimed producers are there. Wineries based in South Australia include Penfolds Grange, Torbreck, Amon Ra, Henschke and Jacob’s Creek. The prestigious Barossa Valley is located in South Australia, and is often compared to Napa Valley because it is gorgeous topography covered in grape vines. First farmed by 19th century German-speakers who immigrated from what is now Poland, the Barossa Valley is the crown jewel of the region. South Australia has widely varying climates, from very hot, dry areas to cooler, high altitude areas. There are more than 150,000 acres of vineyards in South Australia, with more being planted each month. Shiraz is king, though the region also produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Mourvedre, Chardonnay and Semillon.