2012 Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon

Red, For laying down   Red | For laying down | Penfolds | Code: 28421 | 2012 | Australia > South Australia | Cab.Sauvignon | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 14.5 % alcohol

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OTHER - As time ticks by and the Penfolds company moves inexorably forwards, evolving as it goes, some wine styles are progressing at a fast pace while others are happily staying put, clinging to their original design principles. I venture that, in 2012, Bin 707 takes its time-honoured style into uncharted waters. To my mind this is a truly great Cabernet Sauvignon, but it is very different from any Bin 707 that has gone before it. Style tweaks and vintage conditions are equally responsible for this. The results are incredible, but perhaps this wine will not appeal to the old-timer, core customers of yore. This is the most worldly and knowing Bin 707 that I have ever tasted. It is a clear broadside at all other global Cabernet superstars. It takes the fight to their front door rather than watching from afar. This is an imposing wine and Peter Gago writes ‘Bin 707 retains a secure place among the ranks of Australia’s finest Cabernets’ in his notes. This is a typically modest declaration. With the ever-increasing levels of international gloss, while retaining its South Australian roots, this wine is gunning for a much bigger prize. Toned, focussed, long and perfectly judged in the oak department, this is not a big storm of flavour but a beautiful torpedo of Cabernet and that’s just how I like it. Attack attack.
Matthew Jukes - matthewjukes.com - October 2014

WA - Made from Coonawarra, Padthaway, Barossa, Wrattonbully and Adelaide Hills fruit and aged 14 months is 100% new American oak hogsheads, the deep, vibrant purple colored 2012 Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon opens to lovely crème de cassis notes with some kirsch accents plus violets, cedar and menthol nuances. At the moment the oak stands out on the palate so it needs more time to integrate, but otherwise it is quite minty, has balanced acid though is very punchy and it is bursting with fruit through the very long, firm finish.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - eRobertParker.com #215 Oct 2014

The Story

Penfolds

Producer

Penfolds

Penfolds is undoubtedly one of the top wine companies in the world in terms of quality, product range and consistency. Peter Gago has now taken over winemaking responsibilities and a string of good vintages over the past five years has helped Penfolds stay at the top of the Australian wine boom.

The quality of Penfolds' red wines is simply world-class; nowhere else will you get such great wine for such good value. Penfolds Grange, without doubt Australia's greatest red wine, is also recognised as one of the worlds' finest.

Grape

Cab.Sauvignon

Cab.Sauvignon

The most famous red wine grape in the world and one of the most widely planted.

It is adaptable to a wide range of soils, although it performs particularly well on well-drained, low-fertile soils. It has small, dusty, black-blue berries with thick skins that produce deeply coloured, full-bodied wines with notable tannins. Its spiritual home is the Médoc and Graves regions of Bordeaux where it thrives on the well-drained gravel-rich soils producing tannic wines with piercing blackcurrant fruits that develop complex cedarwood and cigar box nuances when fully mature.

The grape is widely planted in California where Cabernet Sauvignon based wines are distinguished by their rich mixture of cassis, mint, eucalyptus and vanilla oak. It is planted across Australia and with particular success in Coonawarra where it is suited to the famed Terra Rossa soil. In Italy barrique aged Cabernet Sauvignon is a key component in Super Tuscans such as Tignanello and Sassicaia, either on its own or as part of a blend with Sangiovese.

Region

South Australia

At 72,000 hectares, South Australia is the engine room of the country's wine industry, responsible for 43 percent of its vineyards and encompassing some of Australia’s most famous fine wine regions.

One of the most important areas in qualitative terms is the Barossa Valley, beginning 50km north-east of Adelaide, and famous for its full-bodied Shiraz, as well as for its Grenache and Mourvèdre. To the east, the cool Eden Valley is home to some really fine Riesling and top-class Shiraz, such as that made by Henschke. To the north of Barossa is the Clare Valley, also a source of good Riesling but home to well-structured reds as well.

South-east of Adelaide lies the delightful vineyard area of the Adelaide Hills, where fine Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir are produced by wineries such as Petaluma and Llangibby EstateLanghorne Creek to the east of Adelaide has earned a reputation for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Verdelho and Shiraz while, between Adelaide and the sea, McLaren Vale is a noted area for red wines.

The unique vineyard region of Coonawarra lies 400km south-east in an area of pure limestone topped by a loose, red topsoil. Cool enough to resemble Bordeaux, this area produces great Cabernets and Merlots and is much in demand. Slightly to the north and to the west lie the regions of Padthaway and Mount Benson respectively, which enjoy similar success as sources of great white wines, especially ChardonnayWrattonbully however is known for its fresh, varietally-pure Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

However it’s the less-distinguished Riverland region that accounts for 50 percent of the state’s wine production.

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