Deep magenta to rim. Energetic. Exuberant. Varietally pure – cassis/blackcurrant, at the physiologically riper end of the spectrum – no herbal or greener cues … Other aromatics? Derived scents extolling memories of homemade cannoli – its pastry and custard/chocolate. French oak evident – clove, cedar, pencil shavings … or American? Doesn’t matter – in harmony, in style. Full-bodied. Fresh, bright and lively. Defined. Focussed. Quince/miso paste, black olive varietal giveaways, intriguingly coupled with dark chocolate/praline/cocoa-powder – not standard South Australian, South-East Cabernet fare. Solid, granular tannins, balanced acidity and friendly yet reserved oak, beckon an impressive structural conveyance.
Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon
for the equivalent of £49.85 a bottle
CASE OF 3 BOTTLES
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Style: Savoury and Complex
Appellation: Coonawarra / Wrattonbully / Robe / McLaren Vale / Padthaway
Alcohol: 14.5% ABV
Bottle Size: 75cl
3 in stock
Penfolds was founded by a young English doctor who migrated to one of his country's most distant colonies over a century and a half ago. Dr Christopher Rawson Penfold was born in 1811, the youngest of 11 children. He studied medicine at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, graduating in 1838. In 1844 Dr Penfold and his wife Mary purchased the Mackgill estate, “comprising 500 acres of the choicest land.” By all accounts it was Mary Penfold who was responsible for the management and early winemaking responsibilities of the fledgling wine estate. Initially the wines - made from Grenache – were prescribed as tonic wines for anaemic patients and the famous Penfolds slogan ‘1844 to evermore’ harks back to its origins as a prescribed tonic. Penfolds and Co. – the newly formed partnership of Mary Penfold and her son-in-law Thomas Hyland and her cellar manager Joseph Gillard – now claimed to be producing over one-third of South Australia’s wine. Three distinct styles have underpinned the Penfolds winemaking philosophy: single vineyard or single block, single region or sub-region, and multi-region or multi-varietal blending. Penfolds single vineyard and single block wines are celebrated for their unique terroir and sense of place.