Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
- 98 POINT RATED DAVID SLY DECANTER MAGAZINE
- 95 POINT RATED JENI PORT WINEPILOT.COM
- 94 POINT RATED TYSON STELZER WINE COMPANION
- 94 POINT RATED CAMPBELL MATTINSON THE WINE FRONT
- 94 POINT RATED BOB CAMPBELL THE REAL REVIEW
Medium-bodied. The complete package: Fruit: Juicy redcurrant jelly, dark plum (and plum acidity), fresh rhubarb. Acidity: ‘Just right’ – a lively and lifted conveyance from initial lip-contact to sated ingestion. Tannins: Integrated, polished-graphite tannins Oak: Seamlessly hidden/concealed oak. Melding well with fruit.
98 Point Rated - David Sly Decanter Magazine
"Cabernet Sauvignon has provided a high point in Penfolds tastings through recent years, and this beauty seduces from the first whiff. Showing note-perfect varietal aromas, with a breeze of ripe purple fruit over fresh, leafy herbs and rich red earth, the perfume is full and persistent. The entry is sharp and arresting, with fruit purity on point and channelled down the right corridors by supple tannins and a clean acid seam. It shows exemplary balance through to the long finish."
95 Point Rated - Jeni Port - winepilot.com
"Is this a wine to rejuvenate the failing fortunes of Australian cabernet sauvignon? In its 29th release, Bin 407 steals the show, sets the pace with a fully energised, beautifully balanced young cabernet of class. It’s all the more significant because it’s from a warm-hot vintage across the regions where fruit was sourced. The Barossa Valley, for example, experienced 31 days of temperatures exceeding 35C.
A bright, punchy introduction of freshly picked black and blue berries, violet, dried herbs, a hint of clove. But it is the oak component – French (27% new) and American (8% new) – that shines because it’s fully integrated, balanced. It dares you to suss it out amid all of the ripe fruit goings-on. So dark, so fresh across the palate with black strap licorice, bay leaf, dried sage working in a matrix of super fine tannins."
94 Point Rated - Tyson Stelzer Wine Companion
"Padthaway, Coonawarra, Wrattonbully, McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley fruit. Matured 12 months in 27% new French and 8% new American oak hogsheads. Nuances of menthol and eucalypt not often seen in Bin 407, perhaps the presence of Padthaway taking a stronger lead this vintage? This might also be the explanation, too, for a more saline feel to the palate. All the classic blackcurrant, cassis and roast capsicum expected of Bin 407 hold through a finish of impressive line and length, sustained by strong, fine-grained, mineral tannins."
94 Point Rated - Campbell Mattinson The Wine Front
"You have to note the eucalypt but the palate here is fantastically well formed and the spread through the finish is elite. Blackcurrant, mint, a briary tobacco-like aspect, a clip of aubergine and cedar. Quality at its most uncomplicated."
94 Point Rated - Bob Campbell MW The Real Review
93 Point Rated- James Suckling
An amalgam of redcurrant and blackcurrant aromas with cedary and leafy tones, dark berries and pepper and plenty of oak strut. The palate has a deep vein of black-fruit flavors, as well as plum and chocolate. Bold extract. A blend of Padthaway, Coonawarra, Wrattonbully, McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley.
93 Point Rated- Wine Spectator
Polished from top to bottom, this red boasts fine-grained tannins, offering a generous core of blackberry and cassis flavors that show accents of cured black olive, sandalwood and vanilla-laced cedar, with a whiff of peppermint and dried sage, all harmonious on the long finish. Drink now through 2035.
92 Point Rated - Huon Hooke The Real Review
"Deep red colour with a tint of purple, the bouquet very varietal, with blackcurrant, mulberry and cassis aromas, fruit driven, with an echo of tomato-bush. The wine is intense and lean in its profile, elegantly structured and driving, with linear styling and plenty of tension to see it age. The tannins are very firm and faintly sappy, suggesting it needs more time. (Padthaway, Coonawarra, Wrattonbully, McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley. 27% new oak, French and American)"
90 Point Rated- The Wine Advocate
While the 2019 Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon shows ample concentration and ripe tannins, there's a pervasive herbal note. While some will call it Cabernet's varietal character—and I won't dispute that a bit of pyrazine is indeed endemic to the Cabernet family of grapes—balance is key. To this taster, there's just a bit too much mint and other green stuff for me to go gaga over the 2019 Bin 407. It's still an excellent wine, with plenty of weedy cassis fruit, a ripe, lush feel on the medium to full-bodied palate and a velvety, dark-chocolate finish. Sourced from Padthaway, Coonawarra, Wrattonbully, McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley, it spent a year in a combination of French and American hogsheads.
17 Point Rated - Janice Robison janicerobinson.com
"Full bottle 1,470 g. Fruit from Padthaway, Coonawarra, Wrattonbully, McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley. Aged for 12 months in French (27% new) and American (8% new) oak hogsheads.
Fairly deep purple. A certain gaminess on the nose as well as the pyrazines of Cabernet – unusual! Very sweet blackcurrant flavours and fairly rounded tannins compared with some of its stablemates. Dry but appetising finish rather than uncomfortably drying tannins on the end. Rather beguiling though still terribly young and unformed. At the moment it's pure fruit and a bit of tannin when surely it's capable of developing into something much more interesting. I'd wait for a few years."
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.
The South-East growing districts of South Australia enjoyed above-average winter rainfall, while McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley recorded well below-average. September temperatures were cool with little rainfall resulting in some isolated frost events. Summer was generally hot, with high temperatures delaying veraison. The Barossa Valley experienced 31 days of temperatures exceeding 35°C, while Coonawarra experienced 20 days of temperature greater than 35°C during the months December to March. Irrigation was crucial to keep vines in good health. The proximity of the Southern Ocean played an important role in moderating temperatures in Coonawarra and Padthaway, allowing for a high-quality harvest, albeit with smaller yields than average. Although yields were lower, the quality was outstanding with cabernet sauvignon displaying excellent colours, firm tannin profiles and intense flavours.
Padthaway, Coonawarra, Wrattonbully, McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley
|Grape Variety:||Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Cellaring:||Drink now or cellar until 2039|