Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
  • Rated 96 points by James Hallliday
  • Rated 96 points by Andrew Caillard

Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 x6

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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.

Wine Region

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Drink Until

Peak drinking Now - 2028

Varieties

Cabernet Sauvignon

Alcohol

14.5%

Foods

Pork belly, bok choy and oyster sauce.

Oak

12 months in French oak hogsheads (25% new) and American oak hogsheads (10% new, 18% 1-y.o., 36% 2-y.o , 11% 3-y.o.)

Colour

Bright crimson red.

Nose

Yes, definitely cabernet sauvignon, yet with an Asian demeanour.... How can this be? Well, to begin - aromas not dissimilar to Thai or Vietnamese coriander, betel-leaf. And then - chive, lime, grapefruit dressing and Asian spices; green tea; Thai beef salad spices, nuttiness. Redemptive cabernet markers - cassis and violet aromas authenticating a South Australian birthplace! Upon sitting - almost a powdery sprinkling of 'sootcoal dust'. And, consistent to this theme - dusty oak!

Palate

Familial kirsch and tomato puree cabernet flavours underpinned by a pan-jus meatiness, cola. Beneath - a vinous slurry sharpening-stone replete with oil, graphite or ironstone?! Sleek, elongated tannins (not grippy) align with judicious oak to convey flavours completely and effortlessly across palate.

Background

Autumn and early winter rainfall were above the long-term average. Rain stopped abruptly in early August with only light showers observed throughout spring. The dry and cool spring period affected canopy growth early in the season. Warm and dry conditions during flowering and fruit-set resulted in rapid grapevine growth and early flowering. A high rainfall event occurred in Coonawarra in January, mostly falling outside of veraison. February brought weekend heat spikes, pushing mean maximum temperatures well above the average resulting in early ripening and harvest.

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