Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra, Padthaway, McLaren, Barossa South Australia
Full bodied , long cellaring potential under Magnum, the 2001 offers intense styling and varietal definition. A wine of richness, power, harmony and concentration that holds a secure place among the ranks of Australia's finest Cabernets.
Sourced from the wide expanse of superior Penfolds Cabernet vineyards, Bin 707 transcends the vagaries of vintage, achieving a consistent style and outstanding quality each year. Bin 707 was named by an ex-Qantas marketing guru. Good winter rains gave South Australian regions a solid start to the growing season. Fruit set was excellent and careful vineyard management to reduce crop loads ensured the vines were in good shape to continue ripening throughout the season. Summer rains brought relief and the ensuing fine conditions towards vintage resulted in fruit reaching full ripeness and was picked in optimal condition. Maturation fourteen months in new American oak. Alcohol 13.50% Acidity 6.50g/L pH 3.61
Winemaker comments by Peter Gago: Deep red with a dense core. 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. Although youthful, the nose already shows true 707 character. 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.