PENFOLD'S Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 Case x 6 Bottles - PRE-RELEASE
Red Still Wine | Australia | South | 75cl
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Closure Type: Cork
Wine Style: Full Bodied
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
We are very excited to be making our August pre-release offer from the iconic Penfold’s winery in Australia. The 'Luxury and Icon' wines will be released in October of this year.
This offer will end on 31st August 2021 with the wines arriving late September/early October.
THE WINE ADVOCATE Joe Czerwinski
Penfolds Chief Winemaker Peter Gago had a prior career as a math teacher, which no doubt has served him well during a pandemic filled with endless tastings in front of an inexpressive camera. He was in fine form when we connected via videoconference on July 1 for a quick run-through of the company's newest releases. Because of time constraints, we only tasted some of the wines "together," with me completing the rest of the lineup the following day.
At my request, we started with the Chardonnays, which I think have shown remarkable improvement over the past decade or so. Gago came close to admitting as much of Yattarna, saying, "Pre-2000s, they didn't go the distance we hoped. But we're pouring the 2008s now and loving them." The goal with Yattarna has become, he said, "Pristine, beautifully framed fruit. We're not after artifact, we just want purity—but we don't want simplicity. We want layers of flavor, that length. Balance is really what it's all about." While not everyone will (or can) get on board to spend $150 for a bottle of Yattarna, readers shouldn't overlook the Bin 311 Chardonnay, which incorporates numerous lots that were culled from Yattarna and retails for a much more competitive $40.
On the red wine side of the ledger, most of the new releases are from the 2019 vintage. While it may not quite equal the heights of 2018, Gago said, "It was a good solid vintage for us. There was a bit of heat, but not like ’20 or ’08. Only a handful of 40 degrees Celsius-plus days, some rains." Standouts include the (unavailable in the U.S.) Bin 150 Marananga Shiraz, the Bin 798 RWT Shiraz and the Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon. Budget-minded shoppers may want to try the Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz, which, like the Bin 311 Chardonnay, represents a solid value at $40.
From earlier vintages, fans of the style will want to stock up on the 2018 St Henri Shiraz, which is truly a prodigious effort. I think it even exceeds the quality of the 2017 Grange, which is a super wine but a not-so-super Grange. A bit lighter than typical, Gago described the vintage as being, “about berry fruit, not that savory.” It’s only the seventh vintage of Grange to be 100% Shiraz, and is almost all from Barossa (86%), with the balance coming from McLaren Vale.
Finally, I would be remiss not to mention two new red wines making their debut from the 2018 vintage. Named 802.A Superblend and 802.B Superblend, these are Cabernet-Shiraz wines aimed at the luxury market and packaged accordingly, in heavyset bottles with enormous punts. The 802.A was matured in American oak and includes roughly two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon, while 802.B went into French oak and is only 55% Cabernet. Collectors for whom money is no object will no doubt enjoy comparing and contrasting them over the next several decades.
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 WINE ADVOCATE Rating: 90
Drink Date: 2021 - 2035
"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." - Joe Czerwinski, 22nd Jul 2021
Pricing - No further discounts apply. Prices include Freight, Jersey Import Duty & GST.
Delivery - Winter 2021
Storage - Free storage until 30th April 2022 in our temperature-controlled storage facility.
Allocation Policy - Limited availability, orders will be confirmed as soon as possible.
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