96 Points James Halliday
This deeply coloured, full-bodied cabernet finishes its fermentation in new American oak barrels, where it sends the next 13 months; it has an array of blackcurrant and redcurrant fruit drawn from the best cabernet vineyards of Penfolds (and from some growers). The oak and tannins add another dimension, and the wine will still be improving 20 years hence. Drink to 2032.
Source: James Halliday. August, 2012
96 Points Tyson Stelzer
Benchmark 707, exact in every way, from the first waft of pristine violet fragrance to a finish that lingers into tomorrow. Such is the sheer determination of pure blackcurrant brilliance that flashes of eucalypt, mint and even 100% new American oak pale into the background. Sensational definition and intensity powers through a finish of epic stamina. Structure is earth-shaking; classic 707 of firm, fine, mouth-evading presence. The fifth consecutive vintage of 707 that has not dipped below 96 points in my score sheet must confirm this to rank alongside Grange as Australia''s most consistent fine wine benchmark. After a one-third price hike, it''s still but one-tenth the price of First Growth Bordeaux. Barossa Valley, Padthaway, Coonawarra and Wrattonbully. Drink 2029 - 2039.
Source: Tyson Stelzer.