Region : Padthaway, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra, Wrattonbully, Barossa Valley
Grapes : 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Shiraz
Tasting Notes :
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.
On the nose, cola, grated chocolate and cappuccino dust bind with juniper and spices. A flash of brown sugar and liquorice – not quite in the Marsala spectrum – instead, brandy impressions replaced by blood orange-rind. Oak somewhat partially hidden, yet faint scents of cedar and graphite lobby for further bottle maturation.
On the palate, expect liquorice, stewed plum and blackcurrant, with dark chocolate and mocha in the background. Savoury and salivating – mouth-watering, succulent acidity. This acidity interplays with integrated tannins – coating the mouth and adding length.