Bright, crimson red in appearance. Aromas are lifted, fragrant. Immediately Penfolds. Aficionados may quickly identify and proclaim 389. Balance of the sweet (cabernet) and the savoury (shiraz). Possesses what has now often been referred to as a black forest cake 2018 vintage flavour profile. Darker fruits - closer to that of a black cherry liqueur than a crème de cassis component of Kir. Flavours of roasted beetroot - a venison sauce beetroot reduction … similar texturally to a congealed sweet fat (a custardy emulsion/film - not a grainy paste).
Oak and tannins absorbed. Both are certainly present, yet not at all demanding their own space on this Bin 389 stage. Substantial, intense.
Hints of toasted coconut accent big cassis aromas on the nose of the 2018 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz, which is a 57-43 blend this vintage. Full-bodied, with cherry flesh complementing the sterner cassis and tobacco notes, it's supple enough to be approachable now, yet with the concentration and requisite dusty tannins on the long finish to support more than a decade of aging