Bin 707 is Penfolds' Cabernet Sauvignon version of Grange: ripe,
intensely-flavored fruit; completing fermentation and
maturation in new oak; fully expressing a Penfolds understanding
of multi-vineyard, multi-region fruit sourcing.
Color: Dense, deep-red, with a dark purple / black core.
Nose: Brooding, with a selective & slow aromatic
release - firstly wafts of black olive (tapenade),
then the faintest suggestion of sardine / anchovy
- or maybe soy / Worcestershire - or could it be... ? More confidently, familial barrel-ferment, cedary
oak and formic notes share the stage with
blackcurrant & blackberry fruits.
Palate: Cassis / blackcurrant varietal fruits and savory oak stake an immediate (style) claim. Sarsaparilla and choco-mint flavors mold together to create the next layer, followed by a more savory
(Chinese mushroom / oyster sauce mix)
immersion structurally impregnating any
layering. Gripping tannins complete the offer.
Drink: 2012 to 2025
"Saturated ruby. Powerful, pungent aromas of red- and blackcurrant, candied cherry, dried flowers, mint and pipe tobacco, with a smoky overtone of vanillin oak. Broad but focused, offering deep dark berry flavors and notes of bitter cherry, floral pastilles and smoky herbs. Gains sweetness with air and becomes more tannic but there are no hard edges here. The herb and vanilla notes echo through a very long, sweet finish. I'd hold off on drinking this deep wine for at least another ten years. This was raised in 100% new American oak hogsheads."
International Wine Cellar
"Bin 707 is always 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and always 100% new oak, though it is not released every year. The 2007 Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon was matured 15 months in new American oak hogsheads. Very deep purple-black in color, it gives intense notes of vanilla, creme de cassis, blackberry preserves, licorice and espresso plus a bit of dark chocolate. Very crisp with a very high level of chewy tannins, the fruit is just a little ungenerous on the medium to full-bodied palate, giving a long tannin-dominated finish. With another 2 years+ in bottle, the fruit may come forward on this wine and it should drink to 2020+.
The Wine Advocate
"Strong red-purple; has clear blackcurrant fruit, some notes of chocolate (a McLaren Vale component?) and strong tannins - are those tannins the reason for the very ordinary cork? Needs time."
Australian Wine Companion
"Ripe and expressive, with currant and plum fruit playing against mineral and herb flavors. Tannins firmly clamp down on the finish, requiring cellar time to soften. This should eventually become elegant. Best after 2013."