92 Points James Halliday
Medium to full red-purple; there is quite evident cedary oak on the bouquet, together with gentle berry fruit. The palate has good structure and balance, with fine cassis fruit which is not overripe and fine tannins on the finish. For all that, not quite up to the other '96 red wines from Penfolds. Drink to 2011.
Source: James Halliday. March, 1999
"The 1996 Penfolds wines really are the business. Not had a 1996 407 for a year or two but as suspected it is turning into a champion.
Still a youthful strong red purple colour. Quite closed initally but opens up to reveal cassis, aniseed, a touch of capsicum and attractive cedar oak. On the palate it is dense with grainy ripe tannins and flavours of blackcurrant, licorice and mocha. Beautifully balanced and not a hint of alcoholic heat. This wine is yet to reveal its full potential but is certainly developing more complexity each time I taste it. To quote a known Melbourne wine identity – “This wine has years up it”.
Rated : 93+ Points
Tasted : Feb06
Alcohol : 13.5%
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2006 - 2016+
Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, 9 February 2006