Monday, February 4, 2013

Penfold Bin 389 Cabernet/Shiraz 2008, South Australia, Australia

What am I to pair with a BBQ steak while having friends over and watching the big game (Super Bowl)? An equally big wine, a magnum of Penfold Bin 389, of course.
This wine is a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon and 48% Shiraz from various regions of South Australia (Barossa Valley, Coonawarra, Langhorne Creek and McLaren Vale), maturation taking place in 34% new American oak hogsheads with the remaining in seasoned American oak for 13 months and alcohol comes in at 14.5%.
Dark purple in color, this blend opened up with aromas of black cherry, blackberry, black currants, tar, dark chocolate, wood smoke, minty, clove and peppery notes. On the mouthfeel, full bodied, robust with concentrated and rich flavours, balanced acidity and grainy tannins. Very good length and power on the finish with layers of dark fruit, spices, cedar notes and fine grained tannins lingering. A big wine in every sense of the word, robust yet approachable, even in its youth and should keep improving over the next decade or more. Enjoyed by all, score 93 points. Okay score was Baltimore 34, SF 31.
Purchased at the SAQ October 10, 2011 at $79.00 for a 1.5 litre

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