Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra Barossa Padthaway McLaren South Australia
The 1996 Bin 707 may well turn out to be one of the best of the last two decades - complex and firm with superb balance and character.
Cabernet was sourced from superior vineyards in the Coonawarra, the Kalimna and other Barossa vineyards, Padthaway and McLaren Vale. Much needed rains replenished the soils during the winter across most of South Australia. The first half of the growing season was dry and cool, allowing the fruit to set and mature slowly. The last two months of the season warmed to bring in physically mature, ripe complex fruit. Aged for fifteen months in new American oak. Alcohol 13.5%
Winemaker comments by John Duval: This brooding giant releases compelling barrel-ferment richness, enveloped by vibrant cassis fruit. Once allowed to breathe, complex berry and cassis Cabernet aromas emanate with a background of cedary oak and violet nuances. Full bodied with dense layers of tight, saturated fruit. A formidable concentration of berried fruits, blackcurrant and anise combine to create a rich and expansive mid-palate. Stylish oak handling combined with a backbone of firm, yet finely grained tannins, support a lingering finish.