96 Points James Halliday
First made in '60, and for long called ?poor man's Grange', a strange name for a $90 wine. It's always been a varietal and regional blend, once matured in hand-me-down Grange barrels, but no longer. There is much conjecture about the amount of Dom Perignon made each year, and the same is true of this wine. A bottle number could cause embarrassment. It's seriously good, its palate of black fruits, licorice, oak and earth held tight by tannins as only Penfolds can make. Drink to 2044.
James Halliday Wine Companion.
96 Points Tyson Stelzer
If I could choose just one bottle that for decades has defined what makes Australian wine uniquely special, this would be it. A tightly coiled and brilliantly focused Bin 389 of impressive black fruit depth, yet in an engagingly understated and reticent way in its youth. It lacks nothing in colour, structure, potential and sheer, jubilant persistence, carrying very long and true, backed at every moment by classy dark chocolate American oak (12 months in 53% new hogsheads). Another standout Bin 389 of grand potential, with a varietal (53% cabernet sauvignon and 47% shiraz) and regional blend (Barossa Valley, Wrattonbully, McLaren Vale and Coonawarra) that transcends the vintage in a manner that the other reds below and even above it in the Penfolds portfolio just haven’t achieved in this season. This is one wine in the Penfolds line that justifies its price rise this year. Drink 2024 - 2034.