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Bin 707 is a perfect cabernet sauvignon representation of Penfolds ‘House Style’: 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. The wine was not made from 1970 to 1975 (when fruit was directed to other wines) nor in 1981, 1995, 2000, 2003, 2011 or 2017 (when fruit of the required style and quality was not available). Full-bodied and with proven cellaring potential, Bin 707 retains a secure place among the ranks of Australia’s finest cabernets.
2022 - 2050.
Deep mulberry red
First impression: An automatic ascent of cabernet sauvignon varietal fruits laced with classic Bin 707 barrel-ferment and formic markers.
Fruit and derivatives: Scents of boysenberry ice-cream, black forest cake, dark black cherry/kirsch... and zabaglione, pana cotta notes hovering above.
Oak: Contribution noted via the release of sandalwood, frankincense and whetstone sharpening block graphite aromatics.
Lasting impression: Vivid. Elemental. Beckoning.
A solid cabernet core immediately apparent, with fruits to the fore (juicy blackcurrant) and a wrinkled, black olive concentration.
Texturally, the fine weave of a tapestry – a thread of rhubarb/cranberry natural acidity, wrapped around a mesh of slinky tannins.
(A perception of skin and seed tannins only, despite 100% new oak. No doubt the wine’s gloss and sleekness render this is conception).
Complexingly, a dark chocolate graininess, cedar and a savoury disposition contribute to the layering, length and longevity potential of this wine.
98 Points - Ken Gargett, The World of Fine Wine Magazine
98 Points - Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com
97+ Points - Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
19.5+/20 - Matthew Jukes
97 Points - Andrew Caillard MW
97 Points - Huon Hooke
97 Points - David Sly, Decanter Magazine
18/20 - Jancis Robinson
“2018 afforded an opportunity to proactively assemble a Bin 707 blend that was more about refinement/balance than brute power/concentration.”
“Cabernet sauvignon sourced from small parcels right across South Australia with a sole ambition – to make it into this flagship Bin 707 blend in 2018.”
- Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker
A relatively dry winter and spring, coupled with slightly above average temperatures, indicated an early start to the growing season. A spell of cold weather during budburst slowed vine phenology by approximately 10-14 days but climatic conditions for flowering and fruit-set were optimal in all regions. Summer was warm, with the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Coonawarra all experiencing heat spells greater than 35°C in January with below average rainfall. Late flowering and onset of veraison delayed harvest by a few weeks, a pattern also reflected in Wrattonbully and Robe.
The Adelaide Hills had a very dry finish to summer and an unseasonably warm autumn, ensuring cabernet sauvignon achieved ample ripeness with good levels of flavour and intensity.
Overall, an exceptional vintage for cabernet sauvignon with strong varietal expression across each sourcing region.