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Penfolds  Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 707text

Penfolds Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 707 2021

South Australia, AustraliaBin 707 has always been a multi-regional, multi-vineyard cabernet sauvignon made with a singular purpose: to be one of the best in the world. In 2021, with Barossa in a drought year, a majority of this delicious cabernet came from Coonawarra and Wrattonbully, where the days were more cool-climate than warm, allowing the fruit all the time it needed to ripen. And ripen it did. The fruit is selected to represent the Penfolds ‘house style’, and take on fermentation and a lengthy ageing process in new American oak hogsheads. Opaque and packed full of dense sweet tannins, it has Grand Cru textures suggesting the wine is a giant, but it’s the freshness and the minerals that make this wine special, or what winemaker Peter Gago now refers to as the ‘Grange of cabernet.’ It spends 18 months in new American oak hogsheads, although you hardly notice the oak that is quickly soaked up into the wood. It is a new level for 707 that isn’t made every year. Bin 707 was first vintaged in 1964. It was not made from 1970 to 1975 (when fruit was directed to other wines) nor in 1981, 1995, 2000, 2003, 2011, 2017 or 2020, when fruit of the required style and quality was unavailable. That doesn’t happen with most Grand Cru Bordeaux.Tasted: 06 August 2023Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices:
AB$459.99750mlselect private retailers
MB$600.00750mlManitoba Liquor Mart
US$450.00750mlselect private retailers
Producer: PenfoldsDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Grape: Cabernet SauvignonCSPC: 414995UPC: 012354071254