Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon

An edgy 407, a lesser release for this label, albeit a good result for a tough season, benefiting from some Bin 169 relegation. The bouquet leads out with well-defined leaf, blackcurrant, redcurrant and capsicum fruit with notes of dried herbs, both fragrant and earthy. The palate is true to the season, tangy, crunchy and lively in acid presence, with a savoury core of leaf and green capsicum, and fine tannins leaving the finish a little firm, though the tannins are ripe and balanced. A blend of McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, Robe and Coonawarra, matured in 30% new French oak and 70% American oak (20% new). Penfolds reports that it has trouble keeping up with demand in all markets, hence a price rise from $75 to $80 this year. Available 6 March 2014.