Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra Padthaway Barossa McLaren South Australia
The growing season started late in South Australia due to cool spring weather, although conditions were generally frost and diseasefree. Early, very warm summer weather led to an early vintage, especially in northern inland areas, with excellent fruit quality across all regions. An outstanding vintage Bin 707 to challenge the great 707s of 1996 and 1990.
When Bin 707 was first released in the mid sixties, South Australian Cabernet Sauviguon viticulture had come of age, the varietal was seen as an important premium wine grape variety with a future, and Penfolds was keen for some of the action. Fruit was sourced from the Coonawarra, Padthaway, Kalimna and McLaren Vale. Maturation for fifteen months in new American oak. Alcohol 13.50% Acidity 6.60g/L pH 3.48.
Deep, dark red, almost opaque. Concentrated creme de cassis and damson plums to the fore, with floral aromas in the background. Pure, with nicely integrated oak, acidity, and tannin, it cuts a broad swath across the palate. Nutty oak complexed by barrel ferment characters. An opulent, flamboyant wine with definitive varietal characters: exaggerated blueberry/ blackberry fruit, but without jamminess, layers of flavour, obvious but balanced oak and pronounced, chewy, ripe tannins. Impressively long in flavour, without reliance on alcohol.