Bin 389 was often referred to as ‘Baby Grange’, in part because components of the wine are matured in the same barrels that held the previous vintage of Grange. First made in 1960 by the legendary Max Schubert, this was the wine that helped forge Penfolds reputation with red wine drinkers by combining the structure of cabernet sauvignon with the richness of shiraz. Bin 389 also exemplifies the judicious balance of fruit and oak.
Autumn and early winter rainfall were above the longterm average. Rain stopped abruptly in early August with only light showers observed throughout spring. The dry and cool spring period affected canopy growth early in the season. Warm and dry conditions during flowering and fruit-set resulted in rapid grapevine growth and early flowering. A high rainfall event occurred in Coonawarra in January, mostly falling outside of veraison, and February delivered weekend heat spikes. Wrattonbully had a warm and generally dry ripening end to the season which allowed for the development on strong varietal flavours.
“Wrattonbully doing very well for Penfolds. Slightly green note on the end. Gamey note too, but you know that all the holes on the palate will eventually be filled. Lifted fruit. Masses of tannins underneath really pushing up through the fruit. Minty note too. This seems much more youthful than most. Lip-smacking but pretty embryonic. High kicking and attention-grabbing but needs time.” Jancis Robinson
2015 vintage 17.5 points Matthew Jukes
2015 vintage 17 points Jancis Robinson