This morning we are delighted to be able to release Penfolds stunning Bin 389 2019, Penfolds’ Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz is better known or described as the ‘Baby Grange’. Baby Grange reflects Grange’s grandeur, which priced at £201 per case of six under bond, offers incredible access to the splendour of Grange at one tenth of the price. It therefore must be considered the ‘best in class’ of any Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah blend for under £300 per case of six.
 
The 2019 has been awarded 92+ points from Joe Czerwinski of The Wine Advocate and 94 from Josh Reynolds of Vinous Media who describes it as, ‘Expressive, smoke- and spice-accented cherry, blackcurrant and floral oil scents are complemented by suggestions of cured tobacco and licorice.’ This is a great description of the wine, which drinks brilliantly within a year in bottle, but improves for two decades thereafter. Indeed, its global demand is reflected in its pricing structure, the wine jumping in price after release, as can be seen from the table below. This is one of the best value great wines of the world.
 

Bin 389WAJSPrice(6×75)POP
201992+94£20132
20189397£24037
20179294£20134
201691n/a£25045
20159396£24037
20148996£22550
20139193£24044
201291n/a£27550
201190+93£25050
201092+n/a£31052
2009n/an/a£35064

Bin 389, like Grange itself was created by Max Schubert and is matured in the same barrels that held the previous vintage of Grange. It was first created in 1960 and helped to shape the reputation of Penfold’s prestige wines amongst drinkers. It is a magnificent blend that integrates the richness of Shiraz (around 43%), deriving suppleness and intensity, with the structure of Cabernet Sauvignon (approximately 57%). It represents a classic Penfolds Grange style and identity, beautifully balancing fruit and oak. It perennially displays lovely high notes of cassis, rosemary, dark chocolate, sweet spice, white pepper and cinnamon, along with black olives and figs. It even displays Pauillac-esque pencil-shavings on the nose, along with delicate cedar.
 
For collectors that want to own Penfolds Grange but not pay £300 per bottle,  the ‘Baby Grange’ offers a wonderful tonic at £33 a bottle. Peter Gago, Penfolds eminent winemaker, is quoted as saying, “Through thick and thin, across all vintages, Bin 389 always delivers – benefiting from over half a century of practice!” Its other remarkable quality, considering the price point, is its ability to age, offering two decades of pleasure. This is one of the world’s most compelling wines and collectors should buy this in droves, stocking up every year, it comes with our highest recommendation.