Wine: Penfolds Bin 707
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Multiple South Australian Regions
RRP: $500 Plus
Hi there wine lovers. Tonight I am bringing you something quite big. 707, taken from the Boeing airliner of the same name, takes off and just keeps on soaring up into the heavens.
This wine speaks highly of Australian Cabernet. It is the yardstick here to what all Australian Cabernet’s are based on. This is what all wine makers are looking to achieve in their Cabernet Sauvignon’s. The 2012 vintage saw nice warm climates around South Australia, and therefore was able to produce an exceptionable “707”.
This wine gets the royal treatment. Spending 14 months aging away in brand new American Oak barrels, with exceptional fruit parcels, this wine can handle the richness and qualities that American Oak transfers into a wine.
This wine is rich in blackfruits. (Blackberry, dark cherry and blackcurrants.) Licorice, aniseed, fennel seeds give this wine a herbaceous backing along with traces of soy sauce. Coffee and coca rounds this wine off, giving it a tiramisu aroma. Like I have said with good wines, the aromas just leap out of the glass.
On the palate, and this wine drives with power and precision. It’s a big wine, however, it shows a real delicacy too. There is a rich display of blackfruits, primarily blackcurrant cassis and dark cherry, it runs into some beautiful tones of fennel and cumin. The finish runs into a display of herbaceous tones working with a beautiful blackforest cake sweetness that combination of dark chocolate and dark cherries.
This is one hell of a wine. It is so well balanced it would make the performers of cirque du soleil look second rate. If you want to explore some of the worlds best Cabernet, then this is the wine to start with. Bold, rich and elegant. This 2012 “707” is one of those to savor for many years to come, and a showcase of what to expect from this label. It is an absolute giant.
Drink: Now to 2040
The SA Wine Guy