Penfolds `Bin 707` Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 (1 x 750mL), SA.

Provenance: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Bin 707 perfectly reflects the Penfolds ‘House Style’ through a cabernet sauvignon lens: intensely-flavoured fruit; completion of fermentation and maturation in new oak; expressing a Penfolds understanding of multi-vineyard, multi-region fruit sourcing. Bin 707 was first vintaged in 1964.

Full-bodied and with proven cellaring potential, Bin 707 retains a secure place among the ranks of Australia’s finest cabernets.

“Penfolds ‘Grange of cabernet’. Again. Arguably not classically cabernet, certainly classic 707.”

“Needs time to unravel – much more to be revealed. As it reluctantly unfurls we’re now cognisant that it’s barely the start of this wine’s journey..”

“Sadly, nowadays ever so much harder to find on shelf. Make more? If only …”.

“Decanting mandatory. Decanter optional. Timing critical.”

  • Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker

Overview

Provenance: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Bin 707 perfectly reflects the Penfolds ‘House Style’ through a cabernet sauvignon lens: intensely-flavoured fruit; completion of fermentation and maturation in new oak; expressing a Penfolds understanding of multi-vineyard, multi-region fruit sourcing. Bin 707 was first vintaged in 1964.

Full-bodied and with proven cellaring potential, Bin 707 retains a secure place among the ranks of Australia’s finest cabernets.

“Penfolds ‘Grange of cabernet’. Again. Arguably not classically cabernet, certainly classic 707.”

“Needs time to unravel – much more to be revealed. As it reluctantly unfurls we’re now cognisant that it’s barely the start of this wine’s journey..”

“Sadly, nowadays ever so much harder to find on shelf. Make more? If only …”.

“Decanting mandatory. Decanter optional. Timing critical.”

  • Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

100 Points - Andrew Caillard MW

98 Points - Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Aged in American oak, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 707 stands out for its bold aromas of vanilla, tobacco and cassis. This year, it's close to 40% each from Coonawarra and McLaren Vale, with smaller proportions from Barossa Valley and the Adelaide Hills. It's full-bodied and rich, with a velvety mouthfeel, great intensity and super length. Yes, it's embryonic, but it's not unapproachable, much like any other high-quality New World Cabernet these days, with the ability to age for two decades or more.

97 Points - Campbell Mattinson - Wine Front

Cabernet sauvignon from Coonawarra, McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley and the Adelaide Hills. 20 months in new American oak.

Okay. All the Penfolds wines taste and smell the same but this tastes and smells different. There goes that theory. Orange liqueur, blackcurrant, choc mint, peanut brittle. It’s big, powerful and sleek; you could fly to London in this. It has the tannin handshake of a hero and such bulging arms of fruit that they’d do a gaol gym rat proud. Of all the wines tasted on the day this was the one I drained the most; my lips were locked to the rim. It wasn’t me, it was the wine. It’s compelling. Iron fists always are.

96 Points - Tyson Stelzer

95 Points - Huon Hooke

95 Points - Anthony Rose, Decanter

20+ - Matthew Jukes

17.5 - Jancis Robinson

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Squid ink blackness.

Nose

A brooding dark amalgam of black pudding, sweetbreads and marrow. Confirmed: no mention of (ferric) haemoglobin. Promise.

A brisk swirl of the glass reveals scents of nori, oyster/blackbean sauce and iodine.

A concession of varietal alignment – cabernet florals, blackcurrant and black mulberry.

Complexingly, a suggestion of beurre noisette sauce – avec sage.

Detection of a 100% new oak footprint? Maybe, if you really try … swamped by an overload of background ‘aromatic noise’?

Palate

Expansive. Even. Expressive. Engaging. Enigmatic.

Svelte tannins. Please explain – a compacted felt texture (dense/firm/softened/malleable).

Be warned – senses led astray – ambushed by tannins, seduced by generosity and power, waylaid by luxurious fruits and balance. Innocence lost.

Oak, as per nose, completely ingested. Flavours - where to start? Above descriptors on nose, convey to palate.

Organoleptically as one.

Implores secured time in bottle – for so many reasons. No. 1 – heightened hedonistic drinking enjoyment over time.

Continue cellaring. Peak drinking 2022 - 2050.