Red

1998 Penfolds Bin 389

Cabernet-Shiraz Blend

  • Australia
  • South Australia
Drink between 2007 - 2018 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 169

  • Arturoonwine Likes this wine: 92 points

    June 22, 2020 - Yes, any doubts about Penfolds 389 from a superb vintage aging gracefully should be dispelled. This not only delivered concentrated, bountiful and focused fruit on night one, but was even showier and generous on night 2--after Argon gas preservative. Having said this, I would be reticent to hold this much longer. It's a brooding delicious value--if you bought it way back when--but it's so glorious now, I would not chance this going on longer. At 22 years it belies its modesty; first rate but drink me!

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • Jase80 Likes this wine: 93 points

    May 30, 2020 - Its a classic for a reason. Just beautifully balanced, mid weight drinking. Its definitely Penfoldsy on the nose but theres a bit more restraint on tasting. Cork was in perfect shape but needs a careful decant as the sediment from 21 ish years had build up considerably. Would replace at the right price just to "see".

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • sphBacchus Likes this wine: 92 points

    April 23, 2020 - Goodbye dear friend - this is the last time we shall meet . We have enjoyed many joyous occasions over the last twenty years and you have never disappointed . Hopefully later generations can achieve the pleasure which you given .

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  • Will Devize wrote: 92 points

    April 12, 2020 - This is in superb nick with dominant notes of iron filings and deep plum on the palate. Virile and gloriously confrontational with bags of muscular tannic detail. Paired beautifully with a twenty-hour smoked brisket. Hard to see this improving but should continue to behave awfully badly for at least 5 yrs.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • RN wrote: 89 points

    March 22, 2020 - Rather raw and unrefined. Oak dominates. Some length but not satisfyingly complex ... but tart, bitter and burnt berries. Complete opposite of a 2004 montrose the night before.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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  • By Julia Harding, MW
    6/26/2009 (link)

    (Penfolds, Bin 389 Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz South Eastern Australia Red) Subscribe to see review text.

The WINEFRONT

  • By Campbell Mattinson
    5/14/2009 (link)

    (Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz) Subscribe to see review text.

Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    July/August 2001, IWC Issue #97 (link)

    (Penfolds Wines Cabernet Shiraz Bin 389 Barossa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.

Halliday Wine Companion

  • By James Halliday
    2/20/2001 (link)

    (Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz) Subscribe to see review text.

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2001 (link) 16.5+ points

    (Penfolds Bin 389 Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon) This has a more restrained nose, with a hint of elegance. Plenty of chewy blackcurrant, other black fruits and black pepper on the palate, with big tannins and fine acidity. Big and powerful, but strikes a good balance despite this. Tannins come to the fore on the finish - this wine needs time to come good.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1998
  • Type Red
  • Producer Penfolds
  • Varietal Cabernet-Shiraz Blend
  • Designation Bin 389
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Australia
  • Region South Australia
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation n/a
  • UPC Codes 000000321334, 000000321341, 012354071209, 9310297002061, 9310297003181, 9310297007141, 9310297008872, 9310297008896

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 6 (0%)
  • In Cellars 2,787 (66%)
  • Consumed 1,454 (34%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

lamb or a mushroom-based risotto, Seared beef

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98% Like It  47 votes

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