2016 Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon
98 Points | The Wine Advocate
"The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 707 stands out for its bold aromas of vanilla, tobacco and cassis. It's full-bodied and rich, with a velvety mouthfeel, great intensity and super length. Yes, it's embryonic, but it's not unapproachable, much like any other high-quality New World Cabernet these days, with the ability to age for two decades or more."
-Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Squid ink blackness.
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’?
Expansive. Even. Expressive. Engaging. Enigmatic.
Svelte tannins. Please explain – a compacted felt texture
Be warned – senses led astray – ambushed by tannins, seduced by
generosity and power, waylaid by luxurious fruits and balance.
Oak, as per nose, completely ingested. Flavors - 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.
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 favored 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 flavor.
: Multi-regional blend, South Australia. From Coonawarra,
McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills.
: 20 months in new American oak hogsheads.
: Alc/Vol: 14.5%, Acidity: 6.8 g/L, pH: 3.69.
: Cabernet Sauvignon.
“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 cognizant that it’s barely the start of this wine’s
“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