Penfolds Bin 169 2009 is fundamentally different to the Bin 707 Cabernet - being a pure expression of fruit from a single region, the Coonawarra, which is synonymous with Australia's greatest Cabernets. It was aged for over a year in French oak.
The origins of the Penfolds estate are set firmly in the medical sphere, and its reputation built up over the course of the 19th century based on the production of wines (often fortified) which were prescribed to patients by Dr Christopher Rawson Penfold who had settled in South Australia from Brighton in 1844.
From the 1940s onwards the focus shifted in favour of producing table wines, and in 1951 the legendary chief winemaker Max Schubert began experimenting with the idea of making a long-lived red wine called Grange. The rest, as they say, is history.