93 Points Robert Parker
Blended of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon and 47% Shiraz and sporting a deep garnet-purple color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz Bin 389 South Australia has a bombastic nose of crushed blueberries and black currants with hints of vanilla pod, dried Provence herbs, lavender and cigar boxes. Medium to full-bodied, the palate simply sings with exuberant black and blue fruits, supported by grainy tannins and a refreshing backbone, finishing with a pleasant herbal lift.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Lisa Perrotti-Brown. October, 2017
97 Points James Halliday
Matured for 12 months in American hogsheads (32% new). Unapologetically made with the don't fix if it isn't broken aphorism. It is tightly structured, with faultless attention to detail - wheels within wheels stuff, but inexorable in sending its black fruits (blackberry, blackcurrant) flavour message. Despite its full body, and its far-reaching longevity, it's tailor-made for the saltbush lamb shoulder of tonight's dinner. Drink to 2045.
Source: Robert Parker.
98 Points Andrew Caillard, Langton's
Deep crimson. Intense perfumed cassis, blackberry, nougat, praline aromas with herb garden notes. Beautifully concentrated wine with dense cassis, blackberry fruits, some brambly notes, fine supple dense chocolaty tannins, superb mid palate generosity and perfectly balanced roasted chestnut oak complexity. Finishes chocolaty with lovely bitter chinotto mineral length. A classic vintage with brilliant aromatic complexity, proportion and balance. The cabernet sauvignon sings while the shiraz hums. Very impressive wine with all the hallmarks of the Penfolds style. The lines between Bin 389 and its more famous compatriots are blurred. "Pound for pound", probably the wine of the 2017 release. 12 months in American oak hogsheads (32% new, 37% 1-y.o., 31% 2-y.o.) 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Shiraz. 98 points. Drink 2020 - 2040.
Source: Andrew Caillard, Langton's.
96 Points Tyson Stelzer
It’s at 389 where the magic really begins in the modern Penfolds line up, and the great 2015 season has produced a wine as dark, vibrant and enticing as ever. Cabernet and shiraz embrace harmoniously in a confluence of blackcurrant and blackberry depth, magnificently supported by classy dark chocolate American oak. Fine-grained tannins effortlessly yet confidently promise a grand future. Another of the greats in the magnificent lineage of Bin 389.
96 points Drink 2030 - 2040.
Source: Tyson Stelzer.