Volume : 750ml , ABV : 14.5%
Bin 707 is a perfect cabernet sauvignon representation of Penfolds ‘House Style’: 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. The wine was not made from 1970 to 1975 (when fruit was directed to other wines) nor in 1981, 1995, 2000, 2003, 2011 or 2017 (when fruit of the required style and quality was not available). Full-bodied and with proven cellaring potential, Bin 707 retains a secure place among the ranks of Australia’s finest cabernets.
Deep mulberry red
First impression : An automatic ascent of cabernet sauvignon varietal fruits laced with classic Bin 707 barrel-ferment and formic markers.
Fruit and derivatives : Scents of boysenberry ice-cream, black forest cake, dark black cherry/kirsch... and zabaglione, pana cotta notes hovering above.
Oak : Contribution noted via the release of sandalwood, frankincense and whetstone sharpening block graphite aromatics.
Lasting impression : Vivid. Elemental. Beckoning.
A solid cabernet core immediately apparent, with fruits to the fore (juicy blackcurrant) and a wrinkled, black olive concentration. Texturally, the fine weave of a tapestry – a thread of rhubarb/cranberry natural acidity, wrapped around a mesh of slinky tannins. (A perception of skin and seed tannins only, despite 100% new oak. No doubt the wine’s gloss and sleekness render this is conception). Complexingly, a dark chocolate graininess, cedar and a savoury disposition contribute to the layering, length and longevity potential of this wine. Complete.
98 Points - Ken Gargett, The World of Fine Wine Magazine
98 Points - Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com
97+ Points - Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
19.5+/20 - Matthew Jukes
97 Points - Andrew Caillard MW
97 Points - Huon Hooke
97 Points - David Sly, Decanter Magazine
18/20 - Jancis Robinson