The natural match for Penfolds Bin 407, this wine marries Australian style to Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon to create a more perfect union all wrapped up in silk sheets. Clove, sage and turmeric fall into coffee ground and jasmine tea on an addictively complex nose. The medium-bodied palate follows through with blackcurrant and sweet licorice. So beautiful already but if you can stand to put it away for a few years, you’ll find paradise in a bottle waiting for you.
Penfolds has a very long and meandering history, and represents generations of winemaking knowledge in action. In 1844, Dr. Christopher and Mary Penfold planted vineyards at Magill Estate near Adelaide. The first Penfolds wines, from the 1800s, were made from newly established vineyards around Adelaide and made for the enjoyment of new South Australian colonists. During the first part of the 20th century, Penfolds gradually added significant acreage and became a household name across Australia. It exported table and fortified wines throughout the Commonwealth. After a visit to France in 1950, Penfolds chief winemaker Max Schubert dreamed bigger, wanting to dramatically expand the winery’s export presence, as the French had. The iconic Penfolds Grange came forth in 1951, leading to a remarkable parade of wines that would bring Penfolds wines worldwide acclaim for their richness, consistency, and longevity.