Bin 707 2016 Gift Box Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

The Penfolds Collection

Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Bin 707 perfectly reflects the Penfolds ‘House Style’ through a cabernet sauvignon lens: intensely-flavoured fruit; completion of fermentation and maturation in new oak; expressing a Penfolds understanding of multi-vineyard, multi-region fruit sourcing. Bin 707 was first vintaged in 1964.

Full-bodied and with proven cellaring potential, Bin 707 retains a secure place among the ranks of Australia’s finest cabernets.

When To Drink

Continue cellaring. Peak drinking 2022 - 2050.

Taste Description

Colour
Squid ink blackness.

Nose
A brooding dark amalgam of black pudding, sweetbreads and marrow. Confirmed: no mention of (ferric) haemoglobin. Promise.
A brisk swirl of the glass reveals scents of nori, oyster/blackbean sauce and iodine.
A concession of varietal alignment – cabernet florals, blackcurrant and black mulberry.
Complexingly, a suggestion of beurre noisette sauce – avec sage.
Detection of a 100% new oak footprint? Maybe, if you really try … swamped by an overload of background ‘aromatic noise’?

Palate
Expansive. Even. Expressive. Engaging. Enigmatic.
Svelte tannins. Please explain – a compacted felt texture (dense/firm/softened/malleable).
Be warned – senses led astray – ambushed by tannins, seduced by generosity and power, waylaid by luxurious fruits and balance. Innocence lost.
Oak, as per nose, completely ingested. Flavours - where to start? Above descriptors on nose, convey to palate.
Organoleptically as one.
Implores secured time in bottle – for so many reasons. No. 1 – heightened hedonistic drinking enjoyment over time.

Scores

100 Points - Andrew Caillard MW

98 Points - Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

97 Points - Campbell Mattinson

96 Points - Tyson Stelzer

95 Points - Huon Hooke

95 Points - Anthony Rose, Decanter

20+ - Matthew Jukes

17.5 - Jancis Robinson 

Winemaker Quotes

“Penfolds ‘Grange of cabernet’. Again. Arguably not classically cabernet, certainly classic 707.”

“Needs time to unravel – much more to be revealed. As it reluctantly unfurls we’re now cognisant that it’s barely the start of this wine’s journey..”

“Sadly, nowadays ever so much harder to find on shelf. Make more? If only …”.

“Decanting mandatory. Decanter optional. Timing critical.”

- Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker

Technical Information

Origin: Multi-regional blend, South Australia. From Coonawarra, McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills.

Maturation: 20 months in new American oak hogsheads.

Wine Analysis: Alc/Vol: 14.5%, Acidity: 6.8 g/L, pH: 3.69.

Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon.

Vintage Conditions

Autumn and winter were relatively dry and cool across South Australia. Temperatures during the growing season were significantly above the long-term average in all regions, with Coonawarra recording nine days above 35ºC in December alone. Record low rainfall prevailed through September to March with the annual rainfall in Coonawarra 38% down on the average. The McLaren Vale region also experienced record low rainfall and warm weather in late spring/early summer.

Cooler conditions in late February favoured the late ripening cabernet sauvignon. The Barossa Valley had 100mm less than the long-term average winter rainfall. Spring and summer were both relatively dry and warm. December was particularly hot, with access to water vital to support the vines. Some relief arrived in January and February when temperature dipped significantly. Cooler weather and rain in March slowed ripening. After a hot beginning, the welcome milder ‘Indian summer’ conditions leading into harvest across South Australia ensured even ripeness and optimal flavour.

History

Bin 707 was first vintaged in 1964. The wine was not made from 1970 to 1975 (when fruit was directed to other wines) nor in 1981, 1995, 2000, 2003 or 2011 (when fruit of the required style and quality was not available).

“Penfolds ‘Grange of cabernet’. Again. Arguably not classically cabernet, certainly classic 707.”

Peter Gago

Penfolds Chief Winemaker

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