The color is deep, dark and bluish. Bin 389 is aged in American oak, but the wood has integrated nicely by now. Smells and flavors of blueberries, licorice and black raspberries. Dark tones that are typical of this blend, without the herbal qualities of either Cabernet or Syrah and very little of the vanilla and dill that you can expect from American oak. Goes down very smoothly from front to back with a thick, lush mouthfeel and a long finish.
Bin 389 is sometimes known as the "poor man's Grange," even though this wine is clearly a blend while the Grange was for many years billed as Shiraz. But they are clearly very similar in personality. Bin 389 generally sells for about $25 in the United States, often a little more in Australia. It's an excellent value, although it's still generally outside my buying range except when I can find it at discount. In a good vintage, though, keep in mind that it will probably not show its best until about 12 plus years in the bottle.