Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra Barossa South Australia
Cabernet Sauvignon was at the heart of, Penfolds patriarch Max Schubert's quest for the singular, and first growth, grand Australian red. He partially succeeded, in that Cabernet traditionally makes up a tiny proportion of the finished Grange cuvee. The best batches of sophisticated Cabernet fruit are always reserved for the Bin 707, if and only if, the quality of the vintage meets Penfolds exacting standards for what is arguably Australia's best Cabernet wine. A warm sunny growing season, arriving on the back of the outstanding vintage from the previous year.
A classic release for the 1991 edition, the weather was relaxed and favourable, though yields were a little down. Coonawarra terra rosa Cabernet performed brilliantly. Fruit was sourced from superior South Australian vineyards, the focus as usual was the exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon grown around the Coonawarra. The wine finished it's malolactic fermentation in wood barrel, after which it was transfered to 100% new American oak for an extended period of maturation. Penfolds Bin 707 continues to reinforce its reputation as the international benchmark for Australian Cabernet Sauvignon. Made from a multi-district blend, it transcends the vagaries of vintage, achieving a consistent style and outstanding quality each year.
A medium deep crimson wine, complex, developing sweet fruit aromas of black fruits/ chocolate/ vanilla. The palate is beautifully concentrated with plenty of blackcurrant characters and fine grainy tannins. An immediate, intense lift of pure ripe blackcurrant fruit, laced with mint and the faintest suggestion of violet. Cigar box and fresh tobacco oak notes showcase the sheer fruit quality. Powerful and complete. Saturated fruits have soaked up the new oak culminating in a rich, sweet mid-palate and long stylish finish. The depth of fruit and defined structure, coupled with obvious muscular tannins, suggest that this wine is built for the long term. Blackberry and blackcurrant flavours persist long after the wine has been tasted.