Penfolds "Bin 407" Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
(South Australia) - [DM 98] [WS 93]
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Notes From the Winemaker:
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.
In the glass, a deep, lively red. The nose boasts 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 Danish pastry/croissant and rye bread crust. There are also notes of thyme, oregano, pulped olive. and new-buck leather. This wine is juicy with redcurrant jelly, dark plum (and plum acidity), fresh rhubarb. The tannins are well-ntegrated, and the oak iseamlessly hidden, melding beautifully with the fruit.
The South-East growing districts of South Australia enjoyed above-average winter rainfall, while McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley recorded well below-average. September temperatures were cool with little rainfall resulting in some isolated frost events. Summer was generally hot, with high temperatures delaying veraison. The Barossa Valley experienced 31 days of temperatures exceeding 35°C, while Coonawarra experienced 20 days of temperature greater than 35°C during the months December to March. Irrigation was crucial to keep vines in good health. The proximity of the Southern Ocean played an important role in moderating temperatures in Coonawarra and Padthaway, allowing for a high-quality harvest, albeit with smaller yields than average. Although yields were lower, the quality was outstanding with cabernet sauvignon displaying excellent colours, firm tannin profiles and intense flavours.
GRAPE VARIETY: Cabernet Sauvignon
WINE ANALYSIS: Alc/Vol: 14.5%, PH: 3.0
MATURATION: 12 Months In French (27% New) And American (8% New) Oak Hogsheads
Ratings & Reviews
"Cabernet Sauvignon has provided a high point in Penfolds tastings through recent years, and this beauty seduces from the first whiff. Showing note-perfect varietal aromas, with a breeze of ripe purple fruit over fresh, leafy herbs and rich red earth, the perfume is full and persistent. The entry is sharp and arresting, with fruit purity on point and channeled down the right corridors by supple tannins and a clean acid seam. It shows exemplary balance through to the long finish." - David Sly (22 Jun 2021)
93 Points - Wine Spectator:
"Polished from top to bottom, this red boasts fine-grained tannins, offering a generous core of blackberry and cassis flavors that show accents of cured black olive, sandalwood and vanilla-laced cedar, with a whiff of peppermint and dried sage, all harmonious on the long finish. Drink now through 2035." - M.W. (Web Only - 2021)