Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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.
"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."
"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.
International Wine Cellar
"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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