First made in '60, and for long called ?poor man's Grange', a strange name for a $90 wine. It's always been a varietal and regional blend, once matured in hand-me-down Grange barrels, but no longer. There is much conjecture about the amount of Dom Perignon made each year, and the same is true of this wine. A bottle number could cause embarrassment. It's seriously good, its palate of black fruits, licorice, oak and earth held tight by tannins as only Penfolds can make. Sep 2016, www.winecompanion.com.au
James HallidayScore: 96/100
53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Shiraz. Barossa Valley, Wrattonbully, McLaren Vale and Coonawarra. Acidity 6.4 g/l, pH 3.67. 12 months in American oak hogsheads (53% new, 27% one year old, 20% two year old). This wine, aged in the wood that saw Grange the previous year, has overtaken Grange as the most cellared wine in Australia. Because of its pedigree it is always sold by the case and does well on the secondary market. Really rich and layered on the nose and sweet on the palate. This seems so much more interesting than the 407. Thick and textured – obviously styled for the very long term. Really refined with blueberry notes and lift. This ages beautifully, I’m told. Strange that it sells for the same price as 407. Very reverberant finish. Just affordable for younger wine buyers. Go for it!
Jancis Robinson MWScore: 17.5/20Drink 2019-2035