2007 Grange (owc) Penfolds

Considered by many to be Australia’s finest wine, Penfolds Grange is quite simply legendary. This is a rare magnum in its original wooden case.


Penfolds Grange scores an enormous 970 points on innovative new rating website Wine Lister, making it “one of the most talked about wines by the fine wine trade.” It tops the Langton’s Classification, a benchmark of Australian fine wine based on performance in the open market, demand attracted and price realised across ten years. James Suckling has called it “an icon” and the following just scratches the surface of the critics' praise for this wine:


2007“masses of pleasure” – 18.5 points, Jancis Robinson

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Average critic rating : 95.25 points



Full crimson, with a purple rim; a 98/2% blend of shiraz and cabernet sauvignon that exudes power and authority; the bouquet is already complex, the American oak making an impact as it always does when Grange is in its youth, the palate with multiple layers of predominantly black fruits; the tannins, like the oak, need to soften, and should do so well before the fruit starts to fade. Follows the Grange pattern, with 21 months in the 100% new American oak in which it finished its fermentation. A good grange, but not a great one. Feb 2012, www.winecompanion.com.au, Drink: Now-2030



Very dark crimson. Sweet and rich. Sweet fermented digestive-biscuit sort of flavours. Rich and spicy. Hint of animal. Lots of dustiness but masses of pleasure too. Very long. Lots of acidity. Jun 2015, www.jancisrobinson.com, Drink: 2022-2045



The 2007 Penfolds Grange is comprised of 97% Shiraz and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon coming predominately from Barossa vineyards with smaller proportions from Magill Estate and McLaren Vale. It was matured for 21 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads. Very deep garnet-purple in color, the nose is intensely scented of vibrant blueberry preserve, mulberry and kirsch aromas over hints of cedar, mocha, vanilla and anise. The full bodied palate is richly fruited with pure black berry and baking spice flavors offset by crisp acidity and a firm level of velvety tannins, finishing long. This is quite an opulent, forward Grange, which is very tempting to drink now, though of course will reward at least 5-10 years of cellaring and should keep to 2030+. May 2012, www.erobertparker.com, Drink: 2017-2030



Opaque ruby. A heady, intensely perfumed bouquet evokes cherry compote, cassis, violet, pipe tobacco and smoky, vanillin oak. Deeply pitched dark fruit flavors show liqueur-like power, with floral pastille, licorice and spicecake nuances building in the glass. Tannins come up with air but are quickly absorbed by this wine's lush fruit. Smoky and sweet on the finish, which lingers with outstanding persistence. Jul 2012, www.vinous.com

Penfolds: The Importance

Leading Australian critic James Halliday rates Penfolds as a five star winery, noting: “There is no other single winery brand in the New, or the Old, World with the depth and breadth of Penfolds.” At his inaugural Australian Wine Companion Awards in 2014, Halliday named Penfolds the Winery of the Year. Jancis Robinson calls them “Australia’s most established maker of investment quality red wine” and their wines have reminded James Suckling of “great pre-phylloxera Bordeaux of 1864 and 1865."


Popularity in Asia increased when the Penfolds Collection was launched in Shangai in 2015, the first time these wines had been unveiled outwith Australia. In 2016, Penfolds was awarded the World’s Most Admired Wine Brand title from Drinks International. Compiled by more than 200 Masters of Wine, sommeliers, teachers and journalists, topping this list shows the global dominance the brand has achieved.


The Langton’s Classification, established by the auction house in 1988 and considered to be the honour roll of Australian fine wine, defines an unbiased and proven benchmark of the country’s top wines by ranking them based on how well they perform in the open market, the demand they attract and the price they realise across at least ten years. The sixth amendment of the classification, ranks Penfolds Grange and Penfolds Bin 707 as Exceptional (the highest accolade), Yattarna Chardonnay, Bin 389 and RWT Shiraz as Outstanding (considered Australia’s super seconds) and Bin 128, Kalimna Bin 28, Bin 407 and Magill Estate Shiraz as Excellent (the “heart of the secondary wine market”). No other winery has as many wines in the classification.

Penfolds: The Insight

Penfolds produce a wide range of wines across all price points. However, the most important wines for collectors are their top reds. These wines are often cross-regional blends. As Jancis Robinson puts it, Penfolds is: “one of the few wine companies in the world producing internationally famous wines that are not terroir-specific.” This makes them somewhat less vintage dependent and assures consistently reliable quality.


The star is Grange, probably Australia’s greatest wine, described as an icon by James Suckling. At time of writing, the wine scores an enormous 970 points on Wine Lister and is described as “one of the most talked about wines by the fine wine trade.” It is always listed first in the Langton’s Classification due to its status, while the others are listed merely in alphabetical order. The founder of Langton’s, Andrew Caillard MW calls it: “an iconic wine; a reference example” and Langton’s states that “the best vintages have a lifespan of 50 years and more.” For those looking for a slightly lower-priced alternative, Bin 389 is often considered ‘Baby Grange’.


All of the Penfolds range featured in the Langton’s Classification, the increasingly popular St Henri Shiraz and the wines their original wooden cases (OWC), are all worthy of serious consideration. The bins are numbered after where the wines sat in the winery, rather than denoting a quality level. RWT stands for Red Winemaking Trial, the RWT being a Shiraz purely from Barossa in contrast to the multi-regional sourcing for Grange.


Penfolds wines are so long-lived that in 1991 the company launched Re-corking Clinics. These give owners of wines that are 15 years old or older an opportunity to have their wine: “assessed by a winemaker, and if necessary, opened, tasted, topped up and re-capsuled on the spot.” Leading auction houses Christie’s and Langton’s have noted higher auction realisations for wines re-corked by Penfolds.

Penfolds: The Background

Founded in 1844, Penfolds has grown to become one of Australia’s most famous exports. Christopher Rawson Penfold and his wife Mary arrived in Australia from West Sussex. They settled in the Magill Estate and built a cottage called The Grange. They started producing fortified wines, but the popularity of claret-style wines grew and by 1903 Penfolds was the biggest winery in Adelaide and beginning to expand into McLaren Vale and New South Wales. After World War II, winemaker Max Schubert travelled to Europe and was inspired by the wines of Bordeaux to create Grange Hermitage, later to become Grange. Now, the winery is situated in the Barossa Valley, but the grapes come from all over South Australia. Penfolds’ vinyards are located in Adelaide (the Magill Estate focuses on Shiraz), Kalimna, Koonunga, Waltons and Stonwell vineyards in Barossa (predominantly Shiraz and Canbernet Sauvigon), Eden Valley for the whites, McLaren Vale and Coonawarra. Peter Gago has been the Chief Winemaker since 2002, providing further consistency.

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