Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon 3ltr, South Australia, 2019
Grape: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged 12 months in French (27% New) and American (8% New) oak hogsheads. Fruit sourced from Padthaway, Coonawarra, Wrattonbully, McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley
Producer Tasting Note:
Deep, lively red colour.
On the nose, instantly cabernet, exposed by fragrant violet, lavender, blue fruits and the faintest waft of red apple blossom and yet there’s much more to captivate the olfactory senses, with scented illuminations of baked delights – Danish pastry/croissant and rye bread crust; a Mediterranean ratatouille – laced with thyme, oregano and pulped olive; chamois, new-buck leather; cedar – yet any oak presence certainly respectful of fruit.
On the palate, medium-bodied, the complete package.
Fruit: Juicy redcurrant jelly, dark plum (and plum acidity), fresh rhubarb. Acidity: ‘Just right’ – a lively and lifted conveyance from initial lip-contact to sated ingestion.Tannins: Integrated, polished-graphite tannins. Oak: Seamlessly hidden/concealed oak. Melding well with fruit. Overall: cabernet balance and definition, without exaggeration.
Critics' Tasting Notes:
"While the 2019 Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon shows ample concentration and ripe tannins, there's a pervasive herbal note. While some will call it Cabernet's varietal character—and I won't dispute that a bit of pyrazine is indeed endemic to the Cabernet family of grapes—balance is key. To this taster, there's just a bit too much mint and other green stuff for me to go gaga over the 2019 Bin 407. It's still an excellent wine, with plenty of weedy cassis fruit, a ripe, lush feel on the medium to full-bodied palate and a velvety, dark-chocolate finish. Sourced from Padthaway, Coonawarra, Wrattonbully, McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley, it spent a year in a combination of French and American hogsheads."
90/100 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, July 2021
"Aged in French (27% new) and American (8% new) oak.
Green, herby aromas with cassis and vanilla oak. Punchy acid, square tannins – though not astringent – there's an iron-rich sort of character that lends it proper sense of place." (RH)
17.5/20 points, Richard Hemming MW, jancisrobinson.com, December 2021
Launched with the 1990 vintage in 1993, Bin 407 was developed in response to the increasing availability of high quality cabernet sauvignon fruit. Inspired by Bin 707, Bin 407 offers varietal definition and approachability, yet still with structure and depth of flavour. Textbook cabernet sauvignon, the varietally expressive Bin 407 highlights the rewards of Penfolds multi-region, multi-vineyard blending, with a core of ripe fruit supported by sensitive use of French and American oak.
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- Ready to drink but will improve in good storage
- Primary Grape/Blend:
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Influence of Oak: