2013 Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon
94 JH; 91+ WA
$67.49 as part of a mixed case.
18+ bottles available.
"On the nose, savoury spices (paprika, curry leaf) with beetroot, blackcurrant conserve and cassis varietal markers regally ascend.
Less noble yet endearing wafts of Mediterranean meat(s)-on-a-spit, and a suggestion of oak/char.
No herbaceousness, tomato-leaf or black olive or graphite immediately evident... however, darkened tarry and bitumen aromas abound. On the palate, tight, solid, assertive – handles oak well.
Impressive mid-palate adorned with pronounced Cabernet tannins and a refreshing acidity.
Reassuring flavours including black olive and pomegranate alongside a fanciful impression of carpaccio slivers of seared venison.
A (powdery) sprinkling of cocoa powder, mocha, shaved bitter chocolate and walnut husk adds further interest."
"12 months in French oak (26% new) and American oak hogsheads (12% new, 35% 1 y.o. and 27% seasoned). 14.5% alc."
"94 pts ... An interesting regional blend from McLaren Vale, Padthaway, Coonawarra, Wrattonbully and the Barossa Valley; it spent 12 months in 26% new French hogsheads, the remainder in new (12%) and used American hogsheads. Like all the '13 Penfolds red releases, has very good colour, and unquestioned varietal character from the first whiff through to the finish and aftertaste. It has elegance, balance and a restrained medium-bodied persona. It fully reflects the long arm Penfolds has with its fruit sourcing. Drink through 2033.”
"91+ pts ... Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 407 opens with notes of menthol, eucalyptus, blackcurrant cordial and black cherry pie plus underlying cedar, toast and dark chocolate hints. Full, generously fruited and wonderfully forward with firm tannins and lively acidity, it offers a beautiful expression of the best of South Australia Cabernet."
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