Max Schubert toasts Rada Penfold Russell in the early 70s ... from Huon Hooke's book, Max Schubert Winemaker (Kerr 1994)
After three days, this smells even more like a classic 707. Think of the history. Max Schubert had wanted to make Grange from Cabernet from the start. It was too scarce and expensive, as was the good French oak he'd have preferred to use. It was just after the war. The French forests had not been loved. So Grange became Shiraz and French barrels became American ones. 707 was first released in older, more subtle American oak in 1964, and was named after the Boeing 707, the coolest thing in the sky.
These were Chet Baker days. Even Raoul Merton shoes released a 707 V-jet brand of flash pointy-toed shoes for blokes in them 'sixties.
But Cabernet was still too scarce and unreliable, and by the re-launch of 707 in 1976, the 747 Jumbo ruled the sky, men's shoes had grown clunky platform heels, and prominent American oak had become as vital to the Penfolds style as the 707 had long before been to Boeing.
Penfold's Bin 95 Grange 2010