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Bin 704 Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 ($120) – A straight Napa Cabernet which is supposedly the mirror image of Bin 407, hence the name. I wish! (My issues are most certainly not with this wine. I just remain to be convinced by 407, although, in fairness, I did like the 1990 Bin 407). 17 months in French oak, 40% of which was new. 

This is perhaps the most structured and formal of the Californian trio. There is great length here with firmer and more obvious tannins than offered by the other wines. The flavours include a pleasing touch of spice but largely attractive blackberry notes, bay leaves, cedar, coffee beans and mocha. This is ripe and intense with everything suggesting that it has a good 8 to 12 years ahead. Well cellared, possibly twice that. No one will ever regret squirreling a case of this away in the depths of their cellar. 94.

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Deep crimson. Very fragrant mulberry, boysenberry, blackcurrant pastille aromas with dark chocolate, hint black olive notes. Smooth and velvety wine with plentiful choco-berry fruits, sweet vanilla/ spicy oak, fine grained textures and long fresh lacy acidity. Velvety smooth wine with very good density, raspberry glacé sweetness and aniseed/ red liquorice notes at the finish. This is a full bodied, distinctive Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with its core of sweet fruit, palate weight and suppleness. The Penfolds style is lurking in the background somewhere. 100% maturation in new (40%) and seasoned French oak. Drink now – 2035. 14.5% alc 93 points

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Excellent winter rainfall ensured the soil was fully saturated at the beginning of the growing season. Spring was cooler and wetter than recent years, resulting in a two-week delay to budburst and flowering. May rainfall was especially helpful in maintaining the soil moisture profile. Warm summer weather had the vines moving along well making up for the slow start to the season. August was characterised by warm days and cool nights, optimal conditions for veraison. Harvest across the region was one to two weeks later than usual with yields close to long-term average. A good vintage for cabernet sauvignon, with grapes showing bright acidity, powdery tannins, and strong varietal flavours.

Cabernet sauvignon, tick. Napa Valley, tick. Penfolds, tick.
Red and sweet spice abound, paprika, sumac, cinnamon, rose water, saffron.
Red currants, Iranian barberries, pomegranate. Steely-coolness, ferrous minerality.
From the pâtisserie, dark cherry pie, milk chocolate mousse dusted with freeze dried raspberries.
French oak announces itself, cedary and structural, proudly supporting a saturated mulberry and summer berry core.


So defined, yet so approachable.
Silkiness, a gorgeous texture that glides effortlessly across the palate.
Succulence, mouth-watering and appetite-inducing crunchy acidity.
A fine graphite core confirms the varietal identity.
There is power lurking beneath, a dense black fruit drive which is somewhat unexpected, yet most welcome. A confident wine, enjoy now or cellar for a decade or more.

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Magill, South Australia

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