For all those who are looking for great wines which have great cellaring potential the Penfolds Bin and Icon Release 2013 have just hit the retailers’ shelves. The Bin releases are normally released 3 years after vintage which makes the latest release the 2010 which is compared to some of the great vintages such as 1990, 1986, 1976 and maybe even 1971.Well worth checking out!

Of the Bin releases the iconic Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz (often referred to as ‘Poor Man’s Grange’ or Baby Grange’) has become one of Australia’s favourite wines.

Penfolds Chief Winemaker, Peter Gago, says early indications suggest 2010 may well be one of the great Penfolds vintages - particularly for wines from the Barossa Valley. Gago describes the 2010 Penfolds Bin 389 as “the vintage we’ve been waiting for”.

The fact that that 2010 is an excellent year in the Barossa and Bin 389’s strong track record as a wine to age make this an excellent choice for long term cellaring as well as one of the most heavily traded on the secondary market and at auction

Penfolds suggests Peak Drinking is 2015 - 2040



Depth and definition of fruit elevate 2010 among the great 389s of all time, displaying immaculate tension between concentration, vibrant lift and structural assuredness that make it both enticing right away and charge it with the stamina to live very long. Built around a core of Coonawarra cabernet and Barossa shiraz, with support from Wrattonbully, Robe, McLaren Vale, Padthaway and the Adelaide Hills, this is a 389 of such depth of colour that it barely shows a rim at all, and what there is of it is a luminescent purple. There is a core of immaculately ripe, sumptuous, even succulent fruit to the palate, yet eminently structured and impeccably poised, with beautifully fine and structurally honed tannins that promise to propel it very long into the future. A magnificent core of impeccably polished black cherries, glossy blackberries and liquorice straps retains a bright liveliness and monumental line and length. To quote Gago, This is the Bin 389 we’ve been waiting for!

Score: 97/100
Tyson Stelzer

Deep crimson pruple. A richly concentrated wine with Grange-like power and finesse. Intense blackberry. Dark chcoplate, liquorice aromas with fresh ginger new oak notes. The palate is substantial with saturated blackberry, juicy fruit liquorice flavours, plentiful chalky tannins, vanilla malt oak notes and delicious meaty complexity. Finishes muscular firm. A classic Penfolds wine with huge potential. 

Score: 95/100
Andrew Caillard MW