Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra Barossa South Australia
An unfavourable vintage across most of Australia's winegrowing regions, the best reds this year were made by Penfolds. Extremes of cold and wet, around the country reduced much of the Cabernet Sauvignon in terms of quality and yield. Penfolds managed to creep through the adversities of the vintage, by selectively collating reduced batches from individual vineyards which made the A-grade. A well developed Bin 707, with spicey/ olive/ berry aromas, earthiness, balanced palate, sweet fruit, fine savoury tannins and vanilla oak.
During the very earliest winemaking trials at Penfolds, Max Schubert experimented with Cabernet Sauvignon as the possible contender for his Grange project. ln the end however, pragmatism won the day. The plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon around Australia were extremely limited, and could not always deliver the consistency of quality he needed because of variable vintage conditions. Nor could the supply deliver the volume required for a commercially viable fine wine. Penfolds Bin 707 draws fruit mainly from Coonawarra, Padthaway, and the Barossa Valley. In cooler, sometimes well-regarded vintages, Penfolds is able to isolate individual parcels of distinguished Cabernet from it's wide expanse of superior source vineyards.
Deep crimson, intense sweet, a rich and ripe wine with plenty of blackcurant/ plum/ mulberry/ dark chocolate aromas. A dense concentrated palate with cassis/ chocolate flavours, underlying mocha oak and fine ripe tannins. Another great 707 vintage. Ripe blackcurrant fruit, laced with mint and the faintest suggestion of violet. Cigar box and fresh tobacco oak notes showcase the sheer fruit quality. Powerfully, 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.