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.
The grapes for this release were sourced from Padthaway, Coonawarra, Barossa, McLaren Vale, Wrattonbully and Robe. It spent 12 months in a combination of French and American oak, 21% of it new. It’s pure, it’s perfectly well balanced, it has a sweetness to its fruit and a creaminess to its feel but it’s tempered by tobacco and peppercorn and it purrs impressive through the finish. Crushed violets, meat, ripe blackcurrant, mint, red licorice notes and smoke-infused cream. It smells perfumed and inviting, appreciably so. I kept tossing up between 93 and 94 but really, there’s nothing holding this back from a gold medal. Tasted: July 2020; Alcohol: 14.5%; Price: $110; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2023-2033+; Rated: 94 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
I have long loved Bin 407, and the modern era marks a heyday in the legacy of this great label. South Australia’s cooler cabernet regions rise to the fore in the warmer, dryer seasons, and the varietal precision of this release is something to behold. Crunchy blackcurrants, cassis and violets of pristine purity are consummately framed in cedary oak (mostly French). This is a Bin 407 of exacting engineering, in which deep black fruits, firm, fine tannins and bright acid drive embrace on a finish of impressive carry and endurance. Patience. Alcohol: 14.5%; Drink: 2033-2043; Rating: 95 Points; Tyson Stelzer
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