Wine Battle: Penfolds Grange 2005 Vs. Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 2005
Peter: Preferred the 389 to Grange in the blind tasting I picked the 389 as the Grange simply because that was what I liked more
Sammy: No surprise. The Grange wouldn’t be ready to drink yet and would be still harsh with tannins Were they both decanted for a few hours?
Peter: >1 hour
Sammy: Interesting test I wonder if it’s just because you preferred the bolder 389 with more cab in it
Peter: I actually preferred the 389 because it was more subtle. The Grange had overpowering fruitiness and tannins. I chose the 389 because it felt a bit more restrained and refined in comparison. Having said that I definitely preferred the aroma on the Grange. Probably an indicator of complexity to come
Sammy: Interesting. The fruit power of the Grange overwhelmed you a bit, not enough age for it to feel balanced would you say?
Peter: Definitely. It tasted to me like a pretty basic strong bold SA red.