Bin 707 1998 vintage

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Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon 1998

Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon is the Cabernet equivalent of Grange: ripe, intensely-flavoured fruit, fermented and matured in new American oak, and expressing the Penfolds policy of multi-vineyard, multi-region fruit-sourcing. Named by an ex-Qantas marketing man, the first Bin 707 was the 1964 vintage.

The wine was not made from 1970 to 1975 (when the focus shifted to Bin 389) nor in 1981, 1995 or 2000 (when fruit of the required style and quality was not available). Big and long-lived, Bin 707 has a secure place among the ranks of Australia's finest Cabernets. Packaged in laser-etched bottles from the 1997 vintage.

Taste Description
Medium-deep crimson. Ethereal and intense blackcurrant, mocha, vanilla, mint, sage aromas. Beautifully concentrated, rich and voluminous with smooth cassis, praline flavours, fine plentiful chocolatey tannins and underlying malty, roasted chestnut notes. Finishes velvety smooth. Superb fruit sweetness, vinosity and freshness. A powerful Bin 707 with the balance, richness and stuffing to age into its forties!
Technical Information

Maturation: Matured in 100% new American oak for 15 months.

Wine Analysis: Alc/Vol: 13.5% Acidity: 6.6g/L pH: 3.48.

Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon.

Vintage Conditions
The growing season started late in South Australia due to cool spring weather, although conditions were generally frost and disease-free. Early, very warm summer weather led to an early vintage, especially in northern inland areas, with excellent fruit quality across all regions. An outstanding vintage.