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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.

Winter rainfall was lower than the long-term average for most parts of South Australia. Variable conditions continued through the period from October to December. In Wrattonbully and Padthaway these conditions continued across the ripening period yet delivered full varietal fruit flavour expression. Balanced canopies and fruit load provided even ripening throughout veraison. Each region enjoyed favourable weather in the lead-up to harvest, producing fruit rich in character with strong tannins and impressive depth of flavour. 

Another grand release in the great lineage of 407, this is an impeccably varietal cabernet of intricately engineered structure and incredible longevity. Blackcurrant and cassis fruit are framed skilfully in lively acidity and the dark chocolate and coffee of classy French (26% new) and American (12% new) oak. Fruit and oak tannins unite seamlessly to propel the finish with confidence and great persistence. A blend of McLaren Vale, Padthaway, Coonawarra, Wrattonbully and Barossa Valley. Rating: 95 Points; Tyson Stelzer

An interesting regional blend from McLaren Vale, Padthaway, Coonawarra, Wrattonbully and the Barossa Valley; it spent 12 months in 26% new French hogsheads, the remainder in new (12%) and used American hogsheads. Like all the '13 Penfolds red releases, has very good colour, and unquestioned varietal character from the first whiff through to the finish and aftertaste. It has elegance, balance and a restrained medium bodied persona. It fully reflects the long arm Penfolds has with its fruit sourcing. Drink By: 2033; Price: $80.00; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 94 Points; James Halliday; Wine Companion


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