Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia
A deep and dark beetroot red color. On the nose, it is textbook violet upon sitting, with Coonawarra cassis signing off on varietal/regional DNA. Scents of beetroot juice, raspberry and lavender ascend effortlessly, but glaceed fruits and ground espresso coffee require some work in the glass. The palate is even and long, confident and firm. Massive fruits - blackcurrant, liqueur cherry - meshed with raspy tannins, red licorice.
Wine Enthusiast - "Bin 707 always stands out for its massive initial hit of American oak, but this wine has the fruit-driven power to stand up to its barrel regime. Perhaps because of the warm vintage, the wine is full-bodied bur rather open-knit on the palate, marrying cedar and vanilla with cassis. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025."
International Wine Cellar - "Inky ruby. Deep aromas and flavors of cherry compote, dark berries, sassafras and tobacco, with an overlay of sexy oak spices. Quite backward but shows formidable density, depth and sweetness. Slow-building, supple tannins give a structural underpinning to the long, sappy, smoky finish. Still a baby and in need of at least five more years in the cellar.
The Wine Advocate - "Matured in 100% new American oak, the 2008 Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon gives pronounced notes of creme de cassis, cedar and blackberry preserves over a fragrant undercurrent of crushed mint, eucalypt, violets and forest floor. Very concentrated, rich and structured in the mouth, it has a firm level of chewy tannins, crisp acid and a long oaky finish with some spiciness coming through. It really needs time for the oak to integrate and should drink best 2014 to 2024+."
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Penfolds Wines Winery
Penfolds has been producing remarkable wines since 1844 and indisputably led the development of Australian fine wine in the modern era. The introduction of Penfolds Grange in 1951 forever changed the landscape of Australian fine wine. Since then a series of stand-out wines both white and red have been released under the Penfolds masthead.
Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker and only the 4th custodian of Grange, relishes the opportunity to bring Penfolds to the world stage and is an enthusiastic ambassador and natural educator. Penfolds came to the attention of the US market when 1990 Grange was Wine Spectator’s ‘Wine of the Year’. Since then, Penfolds Grange has become one of the most collectable wines of the world and was honored to grace the front cover, once again, of Wine Spectator, with declarations of Grange as Australia’s Icon
About Other AustraliaView a map of Other Australia wineries
With a landmass the size of the US, Australia has just as many appellations. Many wines are simply labeled from their state of origin. Some of these are the most popular:
New South Wales- New South Wales has a variety of smaller wine growing regions. Many wines are a blend of these smaller appellations, leading to the more encompassing designation of New South Wales.
Western Australia– A small percentage of Australia’s winemaking occurs on the West Coast. The largest Australian state, Western Australia, includes the appellations Margaret River and Great Southern.
Southeastern Australia– This appellation encompasses the states of South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. Grapes are often trucked in from at least 2 of these states for crushing and bottling, giving the wine a more general appellation of origin. This is the broadest appellation in Australia.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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