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Bin 707 is a Cabernet Sauvignon reflection of Grange: intensely-flavoured fruit; completion of fermentation and maturation in new oak; expressing a Penfolds understanding of multi-vineyard, multi-region fruit sourcing. Bin 707 was first vintaged in 1964. The wine was not made from 1970 to 1975 (when fruit was directed to other wines) nor in 1981, 1995, 2000, 2003 or 2011 (when fruit of the required style and quality was not available). Full-bodied and with proven cellaring potential, Bin 707 retains a secure place among the ranks of Australia’s finest Cabernets.

Lower than average winter rainfall was experienced across each region. Variable conditions continued through the period from October to December, merging into a mild summer, with a few short periods of elevated heat. Areas including the Coonawarra experienced cooler temperatures for flowering ahead of superior ripening conditions, with lower yields contributing to an earlier start to harvest. Across each region, fruit was picked in optimal condition. Smaller berry and bunch sizes were noticeable in most regions. Coupled with favourable weather conditions, great results were delivered for traditional quality markers – colour, tannin profile, fruit concentration and flavour depth.

Classic, inimitable, signature 707: blockbuster and towering, yet focused and controlled, packed with all manner of density and exacting varietal definition of black- and redcurrants, cassis, cedar, tobacco and violets, even a hint of mint, over a solid core of dark chocolate American oak. Density is impenetrable, intricately riveted together without a hairline gap between its panels, yet at the same time sleek and streamlined. Its energy, poise and super fine, commandingly structured tannins furnish an epic future. This year, a blend of Coonawarra, Padthaway, Barossa Valley, Wrattonbully and Adelaide Hills. Rating: 97 Points; Drink: 2032-2052; Price: $350.00; Date Tasted: Oct 2014; Tyson Stelzer

Sourced from Coonawarra, Padthaway, Barossa Valley, Wrattonbully and the Adelaide Hills; the fermentation is completed in new American oak hogsheads, whereafter it is matured in those hogsheads for 14 months. There is amazing depth to the purple-crimson colour. Its full-bodied colours are nailed to the mast immediately the wine enters the mouth; it's strange how the cabernet of this wine marries with the American oak, providing the ultimate Christmas cake of aromas and flavours; one of its great strengths is the tannin structure that gives the wine its exceptional length (and mouthfeel along the way). Not made in '81, '95, '00, '03 and '11. Rating: 98 Points; Drink by: 2040; Price: $350.00; Date Tasted: Sept 2014; Alcohol: 14.5%; James Halliday Wine Companion


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