2013 Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon South Australia (Elsewhere $70)

SKU #1246386 95 points Bob Campbell

 A strongly varietal Cabernet Sauvignon with cedar, cigar box, cassis flavours against a background of subtle herbs and classy oak. The wine is beautifully structured with fine, ripe tannins that are not overdone but suggest good cellaring potential. A very elegant wine, masterfully made from grapes grown in five regions and perfectly integrated.

94 points James Halliday

 An interesting regional blend from McLaren Vale, Padthaway, Coonawarra, Wrattonbully and the Barossa Valley; it spent 12 months in 26% new French hogsheads, the remainder in new (12%) and used American hogsheads. Like all the '13 Penfolds red releases, has very good colour, and unquestioned varietal character from the first whiff through to the finish and aftertaste. It has elegance, balance and a restrained medium bodied persona. It fully reflects the long arm Penfolds has with its fruit sourcing. (JH)  (9/2015)

93 points James Suckling

 Plenty of distinctive cabernet character, all black olive and cassis, dusty oak notes and a gently leafy undertone, some redder fruits too. The palate's assertive, taut and crunchy, this is an upbeat cabernet with attractive purity, oak rides in time with the fruit, cassis and hints of chocolate. Acidity stretches the finish, tannins frame it straight and true. Best from 2018. (JS)  (1/2016)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 407 opens with notes of menthol, eucalyptus, blackcurrant cordial and black cherry pie plus underlying cedar, toast and dark chocolate hints. Full, generously fruited and wonderfully forward with firm tannins and lively acidity, it offers a beautiful expression of the best of South Australia Cabernet. (91+) (LPB)  (9/2015)

91 points Wine Spectator

 A perfumy note adds some grace to the juicy, minty blackberry and blueberry flavors, with a pleasantly chewy tannic backbone and plenty of licorice and Earl Grey tea accents. Lingers on the finish. Drink now through 2030. 6,104 cases imported. (MW)  (4/2016)

90 points Vinous

 Deep ruby. Smoky cherry and cassis scents are complemented by suggestions of candied lavender and cured tobacco. Sweet and penetrating in the mouth, offering juicy dark fruit and spicecake flavors that deepen and spread out with air. The smoke and floral qualities repeat strongly on a long, youthfully tannic finish featuring a sweetening vanilla quality. (JR)  (3/2016)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "Launched with the 1990 vintage in 1993, Bin 407 was developed in response to the increasing availability of high quality Cabernet Sauvignon fruit. Inspired by Bin 707, Bin 407 offers varietal definition and approachability, yet still with structure and depth of flavour. Textbook Cabernet Sauvignon, the varietally expressive Bin 407 highlights the rewards of Penfolds multi-region, multi-vineyard blending, with a core of ripe fruit supported by sensitive use of French and American oak. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from McLaren Vale, Padthaway, Coonawarra, Wrattonbully, and Barossa Valley. Bright garnet in colour. The nose shows savoury spices (paprika, curry leaf) with beetroot, blackcurrant conserve and cassis varietal markers regally ascend. Less noble yet endearing wafts of Mediterranean meat(s)-on-a-spit, and a suggestion of oak/char. No herbaceousness, tomato-leaf or black olive or graphite immediately evident - however, darkened tarry and bitumen aromas abound. on the palate - tight, solid, assertive; handles the oak well. Impressive mid-palate adorned with pronounced Cabernet tannins and a refreshing acidity. Reassuring flavours including black olive and pomegranate alongside a fanciful impression of carpaccio slivers of seared venison. A (powdery) sprinkling of cocoa powder, mocha, shaved bitter chocolate and walnut husk adds further interest."

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Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/29/2016 | Send Email
This monster cabernet is one of the finest choices for anyone looking to build a cellar. It has legs to last decades but you won't have to wait decades to start drinking! This wine trounces the big American Cabs that you probably know and love, pummels Caymus, laps Lewis, and puts many more of Napa's finest to downright shame. It is nonetheless relatively affordable in comparison. Penfold's has a track record of making impeccable wine that drinks beautifully for years and years, you just can't deny yourself that opportunity. Don't expect the bombastic sweet fruit of some other Southern Australian producers, here we have Cabernet that really tastes that way. Classically produced and impeccably designed, it's a stunner, big and bold, but with no caveats.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/28/2016 | Send Email
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I said at the beginning of 2016 Aussie Cabernet would be a focus for me this year. Other notable critics have also written about the fantastic quality of Cab coming out of Australia that is in large part known more for its Shiraz. Well...here is a prime example from Penfolds who have been growing and making Aussie cabernet since at least 1885. Yes 1885. This Bin was introduced almost 30 years ago as a benchmark multi-regional blend showing off the best South Australian Cabernet in a style that can be approached as a young wines but can also be cellared for 10+ years. Classic Cab characters of black / blue fruit, cassis, blackcurrant, forest berries, cigar box, cedar and scorched earth components. The fruit is dense but noble tannins give defined structure and shape. The wine has a vibrant freshness thanks I'm sure to the Coonawarra limestone component. A big, bold wine but one that is also refined and precisely balanced. A great example of how Australia can produce big name, world class Cabernet at under $50.
Drink from 2016 to 2036

Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/24/2016 | Send Email
Most of the Cab in this big, beautiful bottling is from Koonawara and shows quite a bit more in the way of terroir and mineral flavors than some of the other current Penfolds bottlings. On the nose, this one has a distinct herbal quality that draws focus into the nuance of the wine. The palate shows a bunch of the classic plum and cassis flavors of Penfolds, but pays off all that herbal aroma too with anise, leafy tobacco, mint, and eucalyptus. This is a big, muscular bottle of Cab, but refreshing for its commitment to fruit and terroir while eschewing any overt oak influence.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.

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Alcohol Content (%): 14.5