Penfolds - Grange 2015 & Bin 389, Australia

Event: Oeno Trade Portfolio, written by Food with Susi


Penfolds - Australia


*Grange 2015: Great wine of the new millennium, certainly a wine of its vintage. -

Peter Gago (Chief Winemaker).

*Classic Great Grange with superb colour, density and tannin quality. A wonderful wine of huge presence and palate impact. Should outlive us all. A collector's vintage. - Classified as exceptional and 100 points. - Andrew Caillard, MW (one of the founders of Langton's).

*Classified as exceptional by Langton's and top of its Heritage Five.

*Collectables Granges are: (1951-1966) known as Rare Grange and (1967 to present) as Vintage Grange and the best performing vintage Granges are 1986,1990, 1991, 1996, 1998 and 1999. Then 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.

*Current market price £420 (The Penfolds collection 2019, price in GBP)

*Tasting notes: Unbelievable experience for me, indeed an eruption of fruits. I cannot imagine how this wine will taste when it reaches its peak and can age another 30 years. If I own a cellar, Grange 2015 will age in my property. I would buy it now, before it lands in auction houses.

*Main grape: Shiraz, blend with Cabernet Sauvignon.


*Bin 389: Bin 389 was often referred to as ‘Baby Grange’, in part because components of the wine are matured in the same barrels that held the previous vintage of Grange. First made in 1960 by the legendary Max Schubert, this was the wine that helped forge Penfolds reputation with red wine drinkers by combining the structure of cabernet sauvignon with the richness of shiraz. - Penfolds.

*Exemplifying the judicious balance of fruit and oak, Bin 389 highlights the generous mid-palate Penfolds in known for. Classified as outstanding with 96 points. - AC MW.

*During the 1950's, table wines were often placed in "bins" and labelled as "by demand" or "ready for release" and so Max Schubert created the binning system to highlight individual parcels of wine for further maturation. Bin #1 (1951, past prime, not available for auction, was never released commercially, worth up to $80,000, kept in museum, Grange Hermitage).

*Bin 389 is the most popular wine in the Australian secondary wine market because of its heritage, consistency and reputation.

*Bin 389 sold with screw cap closure only in Australia. "I don't think many young people would know how to use a corkscrew".-AC MW.

*The highest price of Bin 389 is the 1961 vintage, followed by the 1962.

*Tasting Notes: It is definitely the young prince who is groomed to be the future King. Full bodied, with cassis, pomegranate with a hint of chocolate and bourbon vanilla. I can imagine having a good steak, asparagus and a good baked potato with this wine, you prefer something more refined?

*Main grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, blend with Shiraz.





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Author: Susana Kawai @ Food with Susi

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