This wine is imported from Australia. State import laws allow us to ship this wine to the following states: AK, CA, DC, FL, MA, MN, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NM, NV, OR, SC, TN, WV, and WI.
Dense red, with a dark core
The unravelling begins - immediately laden with black olive and rolled cigar-leaf cabernet appeasements. Then allowing the florals to soar - violet, drying and hanging lavender and baby's breath (Gypsophila to be precise!). Accompanied by bursts of white sea spray (41% McLaren Vale?) and formic (hint of barrel ferment?), iodine/haemoglobin. Beneath the elution throughout - roasted meats/rendered fat in tandem with cinnamon bar/Dijon mustard seed.
A solid cabernet core immediately apparent, with fruits to the fore (juicy blackcurrant) and a wrinkled, black Certainly the sum of its parts ... Mclaren Vale: front palate plushness, and again, sea spray. Coonawarra: terra rosso red-dustiness, earth. Barossa Valley: a solid core, and a drive that stridently lunges to the back-palate, enhanced by a regional donation of chocolate/cigar. The berried/plum compote (with nutmeg and custard) flavours of this Bin 707 are difficult to regionally affix. Yet no more so than its oak (100% new!) is difficult to acknowledge. A mid-palate richness clasps onto graphite and layers of discrete regional cabernet tannins ... that time will no doubt morph. In every sense, 'well-connected'.
|18 months in American oak hogsheads (100% new)
"Classic blackcurrant mulberry aromas with roasted chestnut, graphite notes. Ample, yet elemental and multi-layered with plentiful pure blackcurrant mulberry fruits, fine persistent grainy/ muscular tannins, superb mid-palate richness and underlying mocha roasted chestnut notes. Finishes brambly firm with plenty of cedarwood cassis notes. A sturdy Bin 707 with beautiful fruit definition and tannin vigour. Claret lovers rejoice!" - Ken Gargett
"Such a bold statement of new American oak seems somehow old-fashioned in this day and age of Australian cabernet, and yet there is a comfortable assurance about the irrefutable Bin 707 model, promising that the woodwork will find its place with sufficient patience. The purity and precision of cassis and blackcurrant fruit on display is something to behold. Fruit and oak sit apart for now, but each in their rightful place, and, as ever, promise great things. Line and length of the highest order confirm it will go the distance without the slightest doubt." - Tyson Stelzer
"Classic blackcurrant mulberry aromas with roasted chestnut, graphite notes. Ample, yet elemental and multi-layered with plentiful pure blackcurrant mulberry fruits, fine persistent grainy/ muscular tannins, superb mid-palate richness and underlying mocha roasted chestnut notes. Finishes brambly firm with plenty of cedarwood cassis notes. A sturdy Bin 707 with beautiful fruit definition and tannin vigour. Claret lovers rejoice!" - Andrew Caillard MW
Peter joined the winemaking team in 1989, initially in the craftsmanship of sparkling wines, before moving on to reds as Penfolds Red Wine Maker. In 2002 Peter became the fourth ever Chief Winemaker for Penfolds. Together with his fellow winemakers, Peter’s careful custodianship has ensured that Grange and the other ‘older’ members of the Penfolds family, have continued to set the benchmark for their style and quality, while new additions to the range push the boundaries ever wider.
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 smaller, the quality was outstanding with cabernet sauvignon displaying excellent colours, firm tannin profiles and intense flavours.
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