2001 Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bin 707 is Penfolds Cabernet Sauvignon Grange equivalent: ripe, intensely-flavoured fruit; completing fermentation and matured in new American oak; and expressing the Penfolds' policy of multi-vineyard, multi-region fruit-sourcing.
Named by an ex-Qantas marketing man, Bin 707 was first vintaged in 1964. The wine was not made from 1970 to 1975 (when the focus shifted to Bin 389) nor in 1981, 1995 or 2000 (when fruit of the required style and quality was not available).
Vintage Conditions: Good winter rains gave South Australian regions a solid start to the growing season. Fruit set was excellent and careful vineyard management to reduce crop loads ensured the vines were in good shape to continue ripening throughout the season. Summer rains brought relief and the ensuing fine conditions towards vintage resulted in fruit reaching full ripeness and was picked in optimal condition.
Matured for 14 months in new American oak. Deep purple opaque colour. Aromas of blackcurrant, cedar, cigar box and spice – very perfumed. The palate is packed with beautiful rich ripe sweet blackcurrant cassis fruit characters – powerful with plenty of weight and concentration. No signs of any leafy characters. Long blackcurrant, cedar, spice aftertaste with fine grained but firm tannin structure – exceptional length. A powerhouse Bin 707.