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Penfolds Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 707 2018 750ML

SKU: 008548 ISBN:
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Country: Australia

Region: South Australia

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Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon

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$339.99

Deep purple, with a black, impenetrable core. At once 707... i.e. it would appear less 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, more 100% Bin 707! Barrel ferment notes sprint past all others – the formics, smoked nuts/meats. Soon overtaken by hoisin, sweet soy sauces, and concentrated tomato paste aromatics. A final wave of licorice, black forest cake/tiramisu and choc/coffee affogato exotics. And what of the 100% new oak? Yes, perhaps the primary source of those (repressed) nutty/toasty wafts...? Full-bodied, mouth-filling. Complex, layered. A blackcurrant overlay across a base of just-baked, spiced, chocolate fondant. Tannins omnipresent, yet calmly conveyed by the wine’s lush fruits and densely textured extract. Oak totally absorbed... certainly at one with the wine.

98 Points James Suckling: This has a very expressive and intense feel with assertive, 100% new American oak, sitting in a bold, spicy layer with vanilla, bourbon and espresso notes, across the blueberries, blackcurrants and boysenberries. The palate has a very taut yet luscious delivery of rich plum and cranberry flavors. There’s such long and taut tannin and oak is driving this into tightly compressed shape with roasted-coffee tones to the very intense and long, ripe plums and black cherries. Powerful, commanding cabernet. This is a great Bin 707. Attractive now, but best to wait until 2025.

97 Points Decanter: It’s all about the bass. High violet notes are followed by rich, redolent black plums and tight blackberry, coming at you with a low, persistent rumble. If at first this wine appears understated and reserved, taste again and it starts to reveal much more – black olive, rhubarb, iodine, coal and slate. Still a tight-fisted velvet glove in its youth, although there’s great warmth and comfort in all these intricately meshed elements. Enjoy trying to figure out the whole delightful puzzle throughout its incredible palate length.

97 Points Wine Advocate: In case readers weren't aware, Bin 707 is always aged in new American oak, like Grange. The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 707 features plenty of vanilla on the nose, backed by concentrated cassis fruit. It's full-bodied, velvety and richly tannic, clearly meant to have two decades (or more) of longevity. Marked by ripe fruit, a notable lack of herbaceousness, and lavish oak, it's out of step with current trends in Australian Cabernet Sauvignon, but it's no less delicious and all the more unique for that.

94 Points Wine Spectator: Intense and powerful, offering a vibrant mix of Kalamata olive, gunpowder tea, toffee, Szechuan peppercorn and dark chocolate notes. The dense and toothsome huckleberry, blueberry and maraschino cherry flavors are harmonious, showing plenty of oomph through the long, velvety finish. Drink now through 2037. 227 cases imported.

93 Points Wine Enthusiast: #51 TOP 100 CELLAR SELECTIONS 2022. Bin 707 is, as always, a gargantuan Cab that's still in its infancy. But all is in place for a long life in cellar, from the lucid aromas of semidried plums and berries, earthy, peppery spice, graphite and dark-chocolate oak characteristics to the fine, muscular, tannins. There's harmony throughout despite the wine's current enormity. Don't open until 2025 at the earliest or cellar until 2040 at least. (Cellar Selection)