Bin 707 is a perfect cabernet sauvignon representation of Penfolds 'House Style': Intensely-flavoured fruit; completion of fermentation and maturation in new oak; expressing a Penfolds understanding of multi-vineyard, multi-region fruit sourcing. Bin 707 was first vintaged in 1964. The wine was not made from 1970 to 1975 (when fruit was directed to other wines) nor in 1981, 1995, 2000, 707 retains a secure place among the ranks of Australia's finest cabernets.
COLOUR: Dense red, with a dark core
NOSE: The unravelling begins - immediately laden with black olive and rolled cigar-leaf cabernet appeasement. Then allowing the florals to soar - violet, drying and hanging lavendar and baby's breath (Gysophila to be precisel). Accompanied by bursts of white sea spray (41% McLaren Vale?) and formic (hint of barrel ferment?), iodine/haemoglobin. Beneath the elution throughout - roasted meats/rendered fat in tandem with cinnamon bar/Dijon mustard seed.
PALATE: Certainly the sum of its parts...
McLaren Vale - front palate plushness, and again, sea spray
Coonawarra - terra rossa red-dustiness, earth
Barossa Valley - a solid core, and a drive that stridently lunges to the back-palate, enhance by a regional donation of chocolate/cigar. The berried/plum compote (with nutmeg and custard) flavours of this Bin 707 are difficult to regionally affix. Yet no more than its oak(100% new!) is difficult to acknowledge.
A mid-richness clasps onto graphite and layers of discrete regional cabernet tanninis... that time will no doubt morph. In every sense, 'well-connected.'
Region: McLaren Vale, Coonawarra, Barossa Valley, Padthaway