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Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia
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14.5% ABV
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14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Deep red. Varietally correct, with all the right ‘ingredients’ – dried herbs, tobacco, mint, rosemary and thyme. Familial aromas of cold roasted lamb, dark olive and pulpy tomato attest to regional and varietal parentage. Oak? Just. An olive savoriness sitting over a powdery coffee-ground base are the first two flavor/textural descriptors that register. Then, blackcurrant, mulberry, boysenberry fruits complemented by a tomato puree sweetness. The friendly mix of trans-Atlantic oaks is handled very well (34% new). Finishes clean and long, courted throughout by compliant Cabernet tannins.

Critical Acclaim

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JH 96
Australian Wine Companion
A multi-regional blend first made in '90, the Limestone Coast regions having an important role, the oak likewise a mix of new and used French and American. It's first and foremost Penfolds, second cabernet sauvignon, and there's no point in moaning about the price, which is made to seem frugal by that of Bin 707. In the scheme of things, it will travel easily thanks to the balance of fruit, oak and tannins.
JS 92
James Suckling
The varietal stamp of cabernet is immediate with herbs, cassis, tomato paste and leafy nuances alongside blueberries and plenty of vanillin-scented oak spices. The palate's quite luscious, really unfurling on entry with plenty of depth and fleshy presence in addition to a core of blue-fruit flavors. There's also plenty of cassis complemented by riper notes and some olives and late mocha-flavored oak that comes into play through the finish. The tannins run the distance and frame this nicely. Approachable now, but best around 2020-2024. A blend of Wrattonbully, McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, Coonawarra and Clare Valley that's aged in a mix of 300-litre French and American oak barrels. This is the 25th release of this wine.
WS 92
Wine Spectator
Bold and seductive, with accents of dark chocolate—covered espresso bean, fresh sage and licorice to the core of blackberry and plum flavors. The tannins show plenty of polish. Drink now through 2028.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Mainly sourced from Wrattonbully, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 407 has a deep garnet-purple color with aromas of crushed black currants and plums plus touches of pencil shavings, bay leaves, menthol and cedar. Vibrantly fruited, the medium to full-bodied palate has nice grainy tannins and a good core of pure fruit with an herbal lift on the finish. Rating: 90+
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Penfolds Wines, Australia
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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.

Australia

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A large, climatically diverse country producing just about every wine style imaginable, Australia is not just a source of blockbuster Shiraz or inexpensive wine with cute labels, though both can certainly be found here. Australia has a grand winemaking history and some of the oldest vines on the planet, along with a huge range of landscapes and climates; it is impossible to make generalizations about Australian wine. Most regions are concentrated in the south of the country with those inland experiencing warm, dry weather, and those in more coastal areas receiving humid and tropical, or maritime weather patterns. Australia has for several decades been at the forefront of winemaking technology and has widely adopted the use of screwcaps, even for some premium and ultra-premium bottles.

Shiraz is indeed Australia’s most celebrated and widely planted variety, typically producing bold, supple reds with sweet, jammy fruit and performing best in the Barossa and Hunter Valleys. Cabernet Sauvignon is often blended with Shiraz, and also shines on its own particularly in Coonawarra and Margaret River. Grenache and Mourvèdre (often locally referred to as Mataro) are also popular, both on their own and alongside Shiraz in Rhône blends. Chardonnay is common throughout the country and made in a wide range of styles. Sauvignon Blanc has recently surged in popularity to compete with New Zealand’s distinctive version, and Semillon is often utilized as its blending partner, or in the Hunter Valley, on its own to make complex, age-worthy whites. Riesling thrives in the cool-climate Clare and Eden Valleys. Sticky-sweet fortified wine Rutherglen Muscat is a beloved regional specialty of Victoria. Thanks to the country’s relatively agreeable climate throughout and the openness of its people, experimentation is common and ongoing, and there are a vast array of intriguing varieties to be found.

Cabernet Sauvignon

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon is now the world's most planted grape variety. Inherently high in tannins and acidity, the best bottlings of Cabernet can age beautifully, with the ability to last fifty years or more. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in temperate climates like Bordeaux's Medoc region and forms the base of the Medoc reds, which are typically mostly Cabernet with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. (Enjoying a great deal of success in various regions around the world, this blend is now globally referred to as a Bordeaux Blend.) Cabernet Sauvignon has enjoyed great success throughout the world, particularly in the Napa Valley, and is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and sought-after “cult” wines.

In the Glass

High in color, tannin and extract, Cabernet Sauvignon expresses notes of blackberry, cassis, plum, currant, spice and tobacco. In Bordeaux and elsewhere in the Old World you'll find the more earthy, tannic side of Cabernet, where it is typically blended to soften tannins and add complexity. In warmer regions like California Washington, Argentina, Chile and Australia, you can typically expect more ripe fruit flavors upfront.

Perfect Pairings

Cabernet Sauvignon is right at home with rich, intense meat dishes—beef, lamb and venison, in particular—where its opulent fruit and decisive tannins make an equal match to the dense protein of the meat. With a mature Cabernet, opt for tender, slow-cooked meat dishes.

Sommelier Secrets

Despite the modern importance and ubiquity of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is actually a relatively young variety. In 1997, DNA profiling revealed the grape to be a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc which took place in 17th century southwestern France.

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