Penfolds, Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon, 1986

South Australia, Australia

Penfolds, Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon, 1986

South Australia, Australia





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Grape Varietes: Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Style: Bordeaux Inspired Reds Winemaker: John Duval Optimum Drinking: 2017-2020 Reviewer Rating: 90 Reviewer: Wine Spectator Code: 102898 Alcohol: 13.5% Fill Level: Levels into necks. Label Quality: Bin-soiled/damp affected/damaged labels; original tissue remnants.
Estate Notes

Penfold's Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon 1986 was purchased in its original wooden case from the personal cellar of the late John Avery MW.

Penfold's Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon is a wonderful Australian Bordeaux-inspired red from the Barossa Valley, and was named after the 707 Jumbo Jet by an ex-Qantas marketing man.

Penfolds wine estate was founded by an English doctor (Dr Christopher Rawson Penfold), who migrated to South Australia in the mid-19th Century. Penfold had a firm belief in the medicinal value of port and sherry and began making fortified wine for his parents.

Penfold's ethos continued until the 1950s when Jeffrey Penfold tasked winemaker Max Schubert to cater for changing consumer tastes.

Almost single-handedly Schubert (who died in 1994) lifted Australia's wine industry out of mediocrity, and today Peter Gago is the esteemed winemaker in charge in the Barossa Valley.


"One of my favorite wines from Penfolds, the 1986 (a blend of 87% Shiraz and 13% Cabernet Sauvignon) is one of the most powerful Granges produced (14+% alcohol). At age 23, it reminds me of the way it tasted around 9 years of age. Inky/purple to the rim with an extraordinary perfume of sweet licorice, crushed pepper, blackberry liqueur, camphor, and barbecue spices, this sensationally full-bodied, concentrated, layered 1986 is still an infant in terms of its ultimate potential. It is remarkable how this wine has aged, and it’s hard to believe how certain wine geeks will subscribe to the aging ability of the Grange, but don’t believe the same is true for other old vine Shiraz wines from the Barossa and McLaren Vale. It just doesn’t make any sense. The 1986 is one of the greatest Granges for my palate..." Robert Parker