1991 Penfolds "Bin 707" Cabernet Sauvignon South Australia
*4 Stars* Dense red-purple; luscious, concentrated ripe fruit and vanillin oak bouquet leads on to a palate with a cascade of plum, spice, vanilla and mint flavours, finishing with slightly disjointed tannins still coming together so early in its life. Could well end up in the highest rank. (JH)
Penfolds Bin 707 never really tastes like Cabernet, and that's just what the folks at Penfolds want. This expression of the grape (very concentrated and ripe with strong oak influences from fermentation and maturation in new American oak) will certainly have its devotees, but it may surprise even those who are already fans to know that the wine ages superbly. This still young and vibrant 1991 has a purple color and fragrant aromas of blackcurrant, plum and cedar. The palate is sweet, with tons of cordial-like fruit as well as coffee and coconut flavors. Tannin is present but very much underlying. A must for the Aussie collector! Winery notes: "Bin 707 is Penfolds' Cabernet Sauvignon version of Grange: ripe, intensely-flavoured fruit; completing fermentation and maturation in new oak; fully expressing a Penfolds understanding of multi-vineyard, multi-region fruit sourcing. Named by an ex-Qantas marketer, Bin 707 was first vintaged in 1964."