Bin 407 is PENFOLDS Cabernet Sauvignon Grange equivalent: ripe, intensely-flavoured fruit; completing fermentation and maturation in new American oak; fully expressing a PENFOLDS understanding of multi-vineyard, multi-region fruit sourcing. Named by an ex-Qantas marketer, Bin 407 was first vintaged in 1964. The wine was not made from 1970 to 1975 (when the focus shifted to Bin 389) nor in 1981, 1995, 2000 or 2003 (when fruit of the required style and quality was not available). Full-bodied and with proven cellaring potential, Bin 707 has a secure place among the ranks of Australia's finest Cabernets.
COLOUR Impenetrable black with a concession of purple at
NOSE Saturated dark fruit flavours of blackberry/ mulberry fuse with notes of dark chocolate, Ribena and liquorice. The 'chocolate' spike unfolds with air, revealing cocoa bean (Mocha Kenya) and liqueur cherry components. The overt, aromatic contribution from the legendary, ancient Kalimna Block 42 vineyard offers soul, purity and character. The (100% new) oak contribution is of academic interest only - completely absorbed.
PALATE The palate displays an oscillation and juxtaposition between a solid, assertive and muscular first impression, and later, an opulent, saturated and succulent demeanour. Blackberry and loganberry fruit flavours glide across a supportive continuum of tannin and oak to reveal a profound synergy of Blackforest cake and bread butter pudding flavours. What's promised on the nose is revealed on the palate - perceptions delivered.
VINTAGE CONDITIONS The 2005 vintage was of consistent quality across all regions. Favourable seasonal conditions - particularly mild temperatures, with few sustained hot periods, and moderate and generally well-timed rainfall - resulted in high quality and steady ripening of fruit, with full development of varietal characters.