The 1964 Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon was Penfolds’ first commercial release of a single cabernet-based wine. Today, Bin 707 is justifiably regarded as one of Australia’s most important cabernets.
The winemaking philosophy and barrel maturation of Bin 707 is almost identical to Grange. The Bin 707 style combines intense varietal definition with new American oak to produce wines of great richness, harmony and concentration.
Over the years the development of Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon has mirrored the advances in winemaking and viticulture and in this sense has served as a representation of progress and excellence within the industry.
Bin 707 proudly bears the Penfolds stamp – displaying a fascinatingly complex marriage of ripe, concentrated cabernet fruit and 100% new American oak, forged together through partial barrel fermentation. It displays dark berried fruit, mocha and chocolate overtones, with warm spice notes.
Bin 707 is a medium to long term cellaring style of wine. It will comfortably gain stature and complexity across more than two decades in the bottle.
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Prices on all of Penfolds’s bin range have surged, but at least in this case, the quality has kept pace. The 2009 Bin 407 is a worthy successor to the super 2008, offering more of the same cassis and blackberry fruit tinged with chocolate and mint. It’s full bodied and plush without being soft, ending on firm, dusty tannins that still manage to leave a mouthwatering sensation behind. Past Bin 407s have easily gone 10-15 years from vintage, and there’s no reason to suspect otherwise of this one. - Cellar Selection
Vividly aromatic, fresh, broad and inviting, with a spicy streak running through the generous blackberry and currant flavors, framed with crisp tannins. The finish expands without added weight. Best from 2014 through 2025.—H.S.
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