Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra McLaren Barossa South Australia
When Bin 707s eminent architect, the great Max Schubert returned from Bordeaux and began his quest to create the Australian Premier Grand Cru, his mind was on set firmly on Cabernet Sauvignon. It was not until 1964 however, that Schubert could be satisfied he'd got the formula right. Designed to be a national flagship Cabernet of the highest order, Bin 707 was not made from 1970 to 1975, nor in 1981, 1995, 2000 or 2003. Bin 707 holds a secure place within the pantheon of profound Australian icon wines, undisputedly retaining its Grange of all Cabernet moniker.
During the earliest trials at Penfolds in the 1950s, Max Schubert experimented with Cabernet as the primary contender for his Grange project. The plantings around Australia however were limited and could not always deliver a consistency of quality. Reflecting the outstanding quality of Cabernet to come out of an idyllic growing season, vintage 1990 contains a higher than normal proportion of Coonawarra. In the Penfold tradition, fruit from Kalimna and McLaren Vale has been included to add extra depth of flavour and complexity. Grapes were harvested, parcel by parcel, pursuing full flavours, structure and balance. Bin 707 was matured eighteen months in completely new American oak hogsheads. Alcohol 13.5%
Dark cherry red in colour. Intensely scented, the rich bouquet offers coffee Cabernet aromas with blackcurrant and mulberry overtones, lifted by vanillin American oak and barrel ferment characters which add a smoke complexity. This magnificent full bodied wine shows concentrated Cabernet fruit and complementary oak characters in perfect harmony. The palate has layers of intensely flavoured, sweet blackcurrant varietal fruit, with hints of dark chocolate, superbly balance and elegant, refined tannins. Magnificently Bin 707. Unmistakable.