Sunday, September 25, 2016

Penfolds Bin 407 South Australia Cabernet Sauvignon, 2004

This is not as big and powerful as I expected. (I'm not sure what those expectations were based on except probably earlier vintages of this or similar Aussie Cabs.) But it is a very petty wine and a good match for filet mignon.

Deep and dark. Distinctive Cabernet bouquet of blackcurrants, blue plums and cassis with hints of herbs and vanilla. Not really very oaky at this stage and the tannins are ripe. Grapes come from several respected wine-growing regions including Padthaway, Wrattonbully, Robe and Coonawarra. Smooth and elegant but nothing particularly complex or memorable at this stage. I suspect that it needs a few more years to show its best.

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