Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra Robe Wrattonbully Padthaway South Australia
The development of Cabernet Sauvignon has been one of the longest running projects at Penfolds. Origninally formulated by John Duval, Bin 407 can establish kinship to the mighty 707. Bin 407 remains more restrained in style than it''s older sibling, a wine of elegance, consistently showing a clear varietal blackcurrant and cassis definition backed by fine grained tannins and cedary oak. The Cabernet fruit takes centre stage, oak never overwhelms but serves to frame the wine. The styling is masculine and reminiscent of a Bordeaux or Moulis.
With few notable exceptions, consistently high quality Australian Cabernet has only been available in the past one or two decades. Many of Penfolds distinguished Cabernet vineyards are entering the mature phase of their productive life and there is now a rich source of high quality fruit for the winemaking team to draw from. Bin 407 was vinified this year around a backbone of the finest harvests from sites in Coonawarra and Robe, Wrattonbully and Padthaway. Traditionally worked in tanks with wooden header boards, some components complete fermentation in barrel. Bin 407 was treated to thirteen months maturation in a combination of new and prior use French and American oak hogsheads.
A deep, bright red. As its stylistic template demands, varietally expressive. An initial rush of black olive, graphite, blackcurrant, lavender and more. Tomato puree paste and caponata, Mediterranean olives / capers / anchovies. Scents of cinnamon, sandalwood. A continuum spawn from that which is initially promised aromatically, more fruits evident, polished leather complexities awakening. At once defined, linear like the 2007 vintage, yet more assertive with stately Cabernet grip and presence. An even and full mid-palate, skirted by prominent tannins. A solid finish, neither astringent nor hot, veiled in fruits and the spoils of a ferment long past, thirteen months of elevage and twenty one months sojourn in bottle.