One of Australia’s most renowned domaines, Penfolds was founded in 1844 by the English doctor Christopher Rawson Penfolds. In its beginnings the domaine produced mainly fortified wines (in the style of Port or Sherry) although dry whites and reds were also made. From 1900, the estate built up an admirable reputation thanks to the ageing potential of its fine reds. From 1950 onwards, Penfolds began producing exclusively red wines made from the Syrah grape varietal by their cellar master Max Schubert. Over the years the domaine has been merged with various companies to become today the property of Treasury Wine Estates. The vineyard is situated in the heart of the Adelaide hills in southern Australia. Penfolds is the standard bearer for fine Australian wine thanks to the high quality and consistency of its cuvées from the flagship to the entry level wines. This is quite a feat considering the estate spans 700 hectares. When it comes to the New World, Penfolds is a leading light.
About the cuvée
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah ground around Adelaide. The Bin 389 is nicknamed Baby Grange as it is matured for a year in the barrels previously used for the domain's legendary Grange cuvée. This wine's ageing potential is incredible. The first of its kind was made in 1960. It has a magenta colour with hints of purple. The Penfolds style comes through with notes of ripe, black fruits. Its palate is generous, balanced, and evolves towards cacao notes.
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