Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra, Padthaway, Adelaide South Australia
When Max Schubert returned from Bordeaux and began his quest to make a great Australian wine, his mind was on Cabernet Sauvignon. Schubert experimented with Cabernet as the possible contender for his Grange project. He recognised however, that the finest Australian Cabernet vineyards could not always deliver the consistency of quality he needed, nor could it supply the volume required for a commercially viable fine wine. ln the end, pragmatism won the day, and plans to craft a pure Penfolds Cabernet Sauvignon were delayed until the inaugural 1964 vintage.
Reflecting the excellent vintage in Coonawarra, 1993 Bin 707 was made predominantly from Coonawarra Cabernet blended with smaller parcels of Padthaway and Adelaide Hills fruit, which adds extra depth of flavour and complexity. The Bin 707 style has intense varietal definition combined with new American oak to produce a muscular red of great richness, power, harmony and concentration. 1993 was a cool growing season, the Penfolds winemakers have never hesitated in choosing not to release a particular vintage, if the quality of fruit does not express the well established Bin 707 styling. Matured in new American oak hogsheads for sixteen months. Alcohol 13.50% Acidity 7.20g/L pH 3.42.
Crimson-purple in colour, leafy minty dark fruit aromas with some beefy nuances. The palate is strongly concentrated and chunky, with beefstock and meaty flavours, green edged tannins, dark sweet and savoury liquorice, and very muscular in style. Winemaker comments by John Duval Colour. A deep, vibrant brick red colour. The bouquet is lively, fresh and complex revealing enticing, rich mulberry and cassis Cabernet aromas backed by traditional Penfolds oak complexity. Highly defined and tightly structured, this magnificent, full bodied wine shows fully ripe berry-cassis fruit flavours complexed by stylish oak handling with a backbone of firm, yet finely grained oak tannins adding to the great palate length.