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