kevin. just bought 2 bottles of the bin 389, haven't tried them, yet/ just tried the 98 bin 389, pretty good, nice fruit, anise, & coffee, a litle mocha. not as good as the 96. if you try the 99 post tastin notes. love the oz.
My only previous experience was a 1993 in 2000, pretty mature & most enjoyable. The 1998 I tried a couple of months ago and --though decanted for more than one hour-- needed no less than two years before I can rave about it (and I have no Spanish palate). The British/Oz press are going wild over its quality; of the 1999 I have not even heard. Its price around Europe is a joke; over here is just pretty reasonable.
Earthy colored red, bit of dustyness to it. It was a chewy glass, strong tannins, but the fruit was able to poke through. Drank over the course of about three hours and it opened up but never really resolved the tannins into the fruit.
Paid $25 and would not seek out another bottle of this, but makes me want to look for something that would be the full Shiraz/Cab experience.
Rated 88 by WS and 89 by Parker, seems about right to me.
Australian wines are very difficult sometimes to sort out between Parker - WS - WE and Tanzer! I find the best and most accurate Australian Note's from Nicks Vintage Direct from Australia who has most down under wines pegged where they need to be @ http://www.nicks.com.au/! They do a great job of being a composite of the above four references. They give the Australian perspective of what the wine should be rated and priced!
As an Australian I have to tell you that in my opinion Nicks scores are about the least reliable and accurate around. The general opinion amongst most educated wine buyers that I know is that the score given by Nick is directly related to his profit potential for the wine involved.
I've had both the 98 and 99 Bin 389. The 99 I gave 90 points, one point lower than the 98 in my book. But I thought the 99 had some upside potential when I had in 3-4 months ago. The 98 Bin 407 I gave 90 points as well, have not had the 99.
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