Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra Barossa South Australia
A classic release for the 1991 edition of Bin 707, 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. Arriving on the back of the outstanding 1990 vintage the previous year, Bin 707 1991 transcended the vagaries of vintage, maintaining the reliable and consistent styling, worthy of Australia's finest Cabernet wine.
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 Penfolds 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, still remembered as being sensational for the Coonawarra Cabernet, Penfolds Bin 707 continues to reinforce its reputation as the international benchmark for world class Australian Cabernet Sauvignon.
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.