Cabernet Sauvignon South Australia
Developed by the legendary John Duval, Bin 407 could only be achieved after volumes of high quality Cabernet Sauvignon became consistently available, realising the opportunity for Penfolds to develop a pure Cabernet wine, as inspired by the flagship 707, albeit at a slightly more approachable entry level. Bin 407 is true to the enduring Penfolds style, a profound construct of Cabernet, featuring strong varietal character and solid structure with ripe fruit at centre stage. French and American oak, a portion of which must be new, is there in support.
Traversing the length and breadth of Penfolds endowment of elite sites, the winemaking team are sanctioned to identify the finest parcels for vinification into a pure Cabernet wine to rival the nation's finest. Many of these specialized Cabernet vineyards are well into maturity and there is now a rich source of world class fruit from which to draw. Providing a lovely contrast to the more powerfully structured 707, Bin 407 is a restrained and elegant style with fine tannins and underlying oak. A selection of fruit from Wrattonbully and Padthaway, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra and Langhorne Creek, is assembled and treated to fourteen months in a mix of seasoned and new French and American oak hogsheads.
Deep red, dark core. Mixed cues, scents of charcoal, black olives and meat pan scrapings, rosemary, a darkened veil of fruit, oak impacts, cedar and clove. Solid, generous, sweet middle palate, softened, integrated tannins, bereft of harshness. Generous amalgam of chocolate and smoked meats, blackberry and dates, fig. Darker, less primary, with the ingestion of air, varietal markers are released, revealing Bin 407’s exquisite DNA.