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Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon

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This version of Bin 707 is pretty awesome! Typical Cabernet smells of cassis, tobacco leaf and subtle spices decorate the nose, along with some sniffs of mocha and vanilla. The palate is fuller-bodied and still tight as a drum, with a solid ball of black spicy fruits in the middle, coiled tannins and acidity and a fruit and toast finish. It's just waiting to pounce like a panther over the next 20-years.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Supporting a purple rim and dense black core.

Nose: A pool of fruits (blue and black) unravel to reveal blueberry, mulberry, boysenberry and blackberry. Similarly, a colourful courtier’s adornment of florals and spice disrobe to release violet, wild flowers and anise, whilst shyly lowering a veil of cassis. Aeration liberates a coulis/compoté of candied fruits (incl. dried figs) and roasted beetroot, coated by an assortment of dusting powders.

Palate: Focus and definition—a palate continuum with no rough edges. Harmonious and luxuriant. A glycerolic density—texturally marrow-like with squid-ink concentration—thankfully without the commensurate flavour/source. Crème de cassis effortlessly cascades from nose to palate, collecting raspberry and dark cherry fruits in passage. An oak cacoon plied with overt ripe tannins attempts to frame the package, yet a seriously lingering flavour and tactile aftertaste refuses to be curtailed.

Food: Confit lamb breast, roasted Jerusalem artichokes and creamed saltbush.

Cellaring: 2018 to 2046.


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Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Sourced from Coonawarra, Padthaway, Barossa Valley, Wrattonbully and the Adelaide Hills; the fermentation is completed in new American oak hogsheads, whereafter it is matured in those hogsheads for 14 months. There is amazing depth to the purple-crimson colour. Its full-bodied colours are nailed to the mast immediately the wine enters the mouth; it’s strange how the cabernet of this wine marries with the American oak, providing the ultimate Christmas cake of aromas and flavours; one of its great strengths is the tannin structure that gives the wine its exceptional length (and mouthfeel along the way). Not made in ‘81, ‘95, ‘00, ‘03 and ‘11.
to 2040
98
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
2010 is a big and robust 707 that commands attention and screams out for a very long time to fully come into its own. From the outset, an amazing depth of colour, intense black with a fingernail-narrow rim of vibrant purple. It's desperately young, and closed up like a trap on the bouquet. The palate is monumental, powerfully intense with cassis and blackcurrant fruit, and deeply structured with a firm undercarriage of solid yet fine tannins. Layers of fruit and oak jostle for position, ultimately settling into a comfortable truce, both desperate for time in the cellar to find their form. The Barossa Valley takes pole position this year, followed by Padthaway, Coonawarra, Wrattonbully and the Adelaide Hills. Gago declared that this vintage will give any Bin 707 back to 1964 a run for its money. It's certainly a vintage that will turn heads, capture hearts and sell out in a nanosecond - even at this price.
Wine Taste Special Edition 106
97
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Deep, dark red, the wine has an extremely complex and varietally expressive bouquet, its fragrant scents having a pinot noir-like allure, drawing you back repeatedly. The blackcurrant and cassis palate is a seamless extension of the bouquet, with extreme length and such impeccable balance it hovers on the edge of outright elegance.
2040
Australian Wine Companion 2012
97
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
If you think Bin 707 is over the top, then it's time you updated. As with Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay, it's a far more modern style than it once was - these days they are both obviously impressive wines, in the best sense. This year's version tastes pure, deep and solid, with swish, sweet tannins and tremendous carry through the finish. It has a raspberried, dark soy-like sweetness, with sweet coffee through the aftertaste and a boom of pure blackcurrant. It's a remarkable Australian cabernet. The finesse, the mouthfeel, the brooding length, the integration: everything.
2015-2030
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10
97
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
I tasted the complete set of Penfolds Bin 707 during 2007, going all the way back to the 1964.I didn't much like the wines of the 1960s or '70s, but slowly came to like the wine through the 1980s and '90s, before really starting to like the wines of the past few years. Perceptions of Bin 707 need to be updated. 2005 RELEASE Gorgeous. Just bloody gorgeous. Tannin, fruit, reach, length, seduction, seriousness, the whole shooting match. Galore-ious. Just bloody monumental. Rich blue-black, inky, cassis-like fruit, shot with exquisite oak and tannin. DRINK 2025-2040.
2025 - 2040
The Big Red Wine Book
97
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2005 Vintage) says
Lots of wine, lots of length.
2025-2040
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11
97
Jeremy Oliver (1991 Vintage) says
2003-2011+
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
97

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