Wine type: red wine. BIN 389 Cabernet Shiraz.
Vintage and alcohol content: 2014 - 14,5°
Region: Barossa Valley, Wrattonbully, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra.
Grape/blend: 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Shiraz.
Type soil: alluvial sands, red and yellow clays, quartz and ironstone.
Colour: bright crimson, deepening/darkening towards core.
Aroma: much to intrigue here – a flash of baker’s sourdough rises above; beneath, crackling/crispy duck skin and Old-Garden fruits, rhubarb/quince/fig to the fore. New-Kitchen savouries, sesame oil/pinenut follow. Pencil shavings oak, stylishly legitimised by a classic graphite/ironstone-metal blackness. Smokey, gunflint, shale descriptors abound, a reminder that there’s more to Bin 389 than just crushed grapes.
Tasting notes: a tasting-slurry of red-currant/eggplant/black olive induce a darker/savoury flavour pool. A generous mid-palate embalmed by integrated plush and ripe tannins. The ferrics lurk, an iron-laden meatiness intriguingly verging towards a knife-sharpening stone primed with olive oil.
Serving suggestions: ideal with grilled meats. Serving 18°.