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  • Country ranking ?

    47
  • Producer ranking ?

    30
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Lamb

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The Story

Bin 707 represents the Penfolds House red wine style at its most rich and powerful. The cabernet fruit is largely drawn from South Australian vineyards in Coonawarra, Padthaway, Barossa Valley – including the famed Block 42 vineyard - and increasingly from Bordertown. Everything about Bin 707 is large scale. Winemakers seek fully ripe fruit with strong flavours derived from partial barrel fermentation and maturation in new American oak hogsheads for a period of 18 months. Bin 707 is immensely concentrated with dark berry/dark chocolate fruit balanced by well-seasoned new oak, plenty of fruit sweetness and strong but not overwhelming tannins. Bin 707 builds up into a wonderfully complex and interesting wine. The 1970-1975, 1981,1995 and 2000 vintages were not made.

Top Vintages 2015, 2012, 2010, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2002, 1998, 1996, 1994, 1991,1990,1986,1983, 1976, 1967, 1966, 1964

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Vintage 2018

 Very promising quality with the most bullish commentators declaring 2018 great in every region and for every variety. The more circumspect view is that early frosts reduced yields, but good, consistent weather throughout the second half of the growing season did indeed result in great potential.

2018 Barossa vintage one to savour

Barossa 2018 vintage wrapped up at the end of April 2018, with grape growers and winemakers happy with a high-quality vintage and good yields.

“Flavours and colours in reds are wonderful, and natural acids in the Eden Valley whites surprisingly high, with early standout varieties this year including Riesling, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernet”, said Yalumba head of winemaking Louisa Rose.

The growing season started off well, with Winter 2017 rainfall around 10% higher than average. However, Spring rainfall was only 78% of average in Barossa Valley (BV) and 98% in Eden Valley (EV), and December rainfall was only 57% of average in BV (88% in EV).

Drier soils, combined with warmer than average October and November days (October 2ºC above average in BV (1.8 ºC in EV) and November 1.1ºC above average in BV (1.6 ºC in EV), meant the vine canopies grew quickly; flowering well and setting a good number of bunches.

January and February were warm and dry, with very warm temperatures in February slowing down the pace of ripening. January was slightly above average (1.4ºC during the day but closer to average at night) and February was about average during the day, but with significantly warmer than average night time temperatures in Barossa Valley (5.8ºC warmer).

With summer rainfall 50% of average, growers with access to water, soil moisture monitoring, good irrigation management and healthy soils experienced less stress – and subsequently delivered sound fruit and consistent yields.

The Indian summer of March and early April was ‘the icing on the cake’, with average temperatures, without extremes, perfect for finishing off vintage. The 28-30mm of rain on 14/15 April did not cause any major problems for picking – and was a welcome post-harvest watering for most Barossa growers.

Overall, in 2018, Barossa Valley crushed 56,970 tonnes*, down 22% from the 2017 vintage but 9% above the five-year average. In 2018, Eden Valley crushed 11,593 tonnes*, down 3% from 2017.

The total Barossa crush of 68,563 tonnes* contributed 9% of the total volume and 25% of the total value of the South Australian crush.

Average prices for Barossa Valley varieties remained steady in 2018, with Shiraz at $2252 per tonne 1% down on last year. In Eden Valley, the average price for Shiraz increased 11% to $2636 per tonne and Cabernet Sauvignon increased 15% to $2354.

*Wine Australia estimates the SA Winegrape crush response rate is 85%, so the actual total Barossa crush is estimated at 75,000 to 80,000 tonnes.

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There are not many multi-regional Cabernets which sit at the very pinnacle of the variety, but 707 has always been there. Fruit from McLaren Vale, Coonawarra, Barossa Valley, Wrattonbully, Robe and Adelaide Hills, it sees 18 months in new American oak hogsheads.

Opaque purple colour. The immediate impression, at this very early stage, is that the oak is still dominating, but oak of such quality. Through it soon emerge notes of cedar, blackfruits, chocolate, spices, rich chocolate cake almost verging on suggesting this wine is more like a Cabernet dessert. Focused, balanced and extremely long, this is a cracking Cabernet. A wine for twenty to thirty years. 97.

A day later, even more impressive. Real persistence, serious concentration and yet a wine of even more finesse than it first seemed. 98.

  • 98p

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. Blend of McLaren Vale, Coonawarra, Barossa Valley, Wrattonbully, Robe and Adelaide Hills fruit. TA 7 g/l, pH 3.5. Aged for 18 months in American oak hogsheads (100% new). A relatively dry winter and spring, coupled with slightly above-average temperatures, indicated an early start to the growing season. A spell of cold weather during budburst slowed vine phenology by approximately 10–14 days but climatic conditions for flowering and fruit-set were optimal in all regions. Summer was warm, with the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Coonawarra all experiencing heat spells greater than 35 °C in January with below-average rainfall. Late flowering and onset of veraison delayed harvest by a few weeks, a pattern also reflected in Wrattonbully and Robe. The Adelaide Hills had a very dry finish to summer and an unseasonably warm autumn, ensuring Cabernet Sauvignon achieved ample ripeness with good levels of flavour and intensity. 'Overall, an exceptional vintage for Cabernet Sauvignon with strong varietal expression across each sourcing region.'
Extremely luscious – particularly in contrast to Bin 169. Like melted blackcurrant pastilles with an overlay of an Australian summer. Great balance and drive but very sumptuous. The fruit is already dominating the tannins – which are notable. Very Penfolds and a success!
 

  • 93p

(2018; up to AUD $650 from AUD $500 in 2017) is a statuesque wine that is stylistically closer to Napa Valley than Bordeaux. Again, I could enjoy it now, but it would be crazy to open it now if you’re spending that kind of money. As with Grange, it makes no sense to drink them too young. You’d fail to enjoy these wines at their full potential.

  • 97p

Deep crimson. Elegant blackcurrant, black olive, graphite aromas with meaty, vanilla, mocha notes. Supple and well-concentrated with attractive blackcurrant, blackberry fruits, fine graphite/ touch al dente tannins and plentiful mocha, espresso oak notes. Finishes muscular/ chewy /cedary firm and minerally. A very polished wine with lovely fruit density and torque. Seal; Cork, Drink 2028 – 2048 14.5% alc 97 points
 
The alter-ego of Grange with marvellous varietal definition, complexity, volume and drive.
 
McLaren Vale, Coonawarra, Barossa Valley, Wrattonbully, Robe, Adelaide Hills
 
18 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads

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