Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Coonawarra Adelaide South Australia
Australia's most conspicuous Cabernet Sauvignon, everything about Bin 707 is large scale. The profound essence of physiologically ripe fruit with strong flavours is enhanced through partial barrel fermentation and extended maturation in exclusively new American oak hogsheads. Bin 707 is no shrinking violet, an immensely concentrated style with dark berry/ dark chocolate fruit balanced by polished new oak, plenty of fruit sweetness and powerful, but not overwhelming tannins. Bin 707 builds up into a wonderfully complex and engaging wine.
Bin 707 was branded by a Qantas marketer and remains the Cabernet equivalent to Grange, crafted from ripe intensely flavoured fruit, fermented and matured in new American oak. When Max Schubert returned from Bordeaux and began his quest to create the Australian Premier Grand Cru, his mind was 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 Sauvignon of the highest order, Bin 707 was not made from 1970 to 1975, nor in the years 1981, 1995, 2000 or 2003. Vintage 2007 was matured for fifteen months in completely new American oak hogsheads. Alcohol 14.4%
Dense, deep-red, with a dark purple / black core. Brooding, with a selective and slow aromatic release, firstly wafts of black olive tapenade, then the faintest suggestion of sardine / anchovy - or maybe soy / worcestershire - or could it be.. ? More confidently, familial barrel ferment, cedary oak and formic notes share the stage with blackcurrant and blackberry fruits. Inviting, tempting. Cassis / blackcurrant varietal fruits and savoury oak stake an immediate stylistic claim. Sarsaparilla and choco-mint flavours mould together to create the next layer, followed by a more savoury, Chinese mushroom / oyster sauce mix immersion structurally impregnating any layering. Gripping tannins complete the offer.