Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2014, South Australia (Magnum 1.5Ltr.)
AWARD: International Wine Challenge - Silver.
James Suckling - 96 points.
Region/Appellation: South Australia
Country Hierarchy: Australia
Grape/Blend: 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Shiraz
Wine Style: Red - Rich and Intense
Alcohol Content: 14.5%
Deep dark magenta. A first impression of dark fruits and chocolate, splashed by spices – cinnamon, vanillin pod, cola. Then, a transient umami dabble – via cues of Worcestershire sauce/smoked Barossa bacon/beef cube. To follow, a bruleed lift mirrored by scents of toasted brioche, soaked oats. Intriguingly different, yet still Bin 389,albeit young/evolving at this perusal at an early stage. Expansive, explosive, exotic... a Bin 389 triple-ex palate rating! A wave/ surge of fruits and spice unleashed – propelled by tomato and tahini paste flavors. Juicy, succulent tannins engulf, alongside oak –adding volume, density. Mouth-coating in every sense. Long and lingering.