Wine Advocate 91 points - Aged in 50% new oak of which 30% is French, the very deep purple-black colored 2011 Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon presents pure, pronounced cassis aromas wed to underlying Mediterranean herb, cedar, pencil lead and menthol notes. Medium-bodied and taut in the mouth, with just enough expressive fruit to meet the firm, grainy tannins and lively acid, it finishes with good length. 2,715 bottles were made. Drink it 2014 to 2021+. (Feb 2014)
Wine Spectator 91 points - Finely focused, with juicy currant fruit at the core, accented by hints of red pepper and sweet spices. A blanket of fine tannins settles over the well-modulated finish. Best from 2015 through 2020.—H.S. (May 21 2014)
Penfolds Chief Winemaker, John Duval, in response to the increasing
availability of high-quality cabernet sauvignon fruit. Inspired by Penfolds Bin
707, Bin 407 offers varietal definition and attention to detail, at a more
affordable price point.
A textbook Cabernet, the varietally expressive Bin 407 is true to Penfolds
multi-region, multi-vineyard blending policy, showing a core of ripe fruit
supported by French and American oak.
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|Australia’s winemaking history of less than two hundred years is brief by European measures though, like Europe, punctuated by periods of extreme success and difficult times. From the earliest winemaking days Penfolds has figured prominently and few would argue the importance of Penfolds’ influence on Australia’s winemaking psyche.
Without the influence of Penfolds the modern Australian wine industry would look very different indeed. Sitting comfortably outside of fad and fashion, Penfolds has taken Australian wine to the world on a grand stage and forged a reputation for quality that is without peer.
Penfolds’ reputation for making wines of provenance and cellaring potential might suggest a mantle of tradition and formality is the preferred attire of a company with so much history to defend. But to label Penfolds as simply an established and conventional winemaker, would be to confuse tradition with consideration and to overlook the innovative spirit that has driven Penfolds since its foundation, and continues to find expression in modern times.
If there is anything traditional about Penfolds, it is the practice of constantly reviewing the wines it already does well, and continuously evolving and refining styles as vineyards mature and access to ever older and more varied vineyard sites improves.