Penfolds St Henri is a counterpoint to Penfolds Grange. St Henri is a highly successful, alternative expression of Shiraz. It is unusual among high quality Australian red wines as it does not rely on new oak. It was created in the mid- 1950s (first commercial vintage 1957) and gained a new lease of life in the 1990s as its quality and distinctive style became better understood. Penfolds St Henri is rich and plush when young and gains soft, earthy, mocha-like characters as it ages. It is matured in old, 1460-litre vats that allow the wine to develop, but impart no oak character. A small proportion of Cabernet is often used to improve structure, but the focal point for Penfolds St Henri is Shiraz. Packaged in laser-etched bottles since the 1996 vintage.
Medium crimson, purple.
Tinned dark plum, blackberry, and raspberry fruits with a suggestion of kirsch. Aromas of charcuterie dissipate with aeration, and more perfume and floral notes arise. Hints of white chocolate and spice also gain prominence upon sitting in the glass.
A tight and well-structured wine with redcurrant fruits and spice immediately apparent. Mouthwatering acidity induces an engaging backbone conveying all before it to the back palate. The abundant, firm, yet fine-grained tannins complete the textural offering.
As in most south-eastern districts, some rain fell between Christmas and New Year, followed by very dry and very hot conditions until March. Crops were down by 20-40 percent and good ripeness was achieved.
A collectors item! Originally this was was given a drinking window of around 9 years. However, we believe this wine is still outstanding - however, as with all aged wines, it comes with a 'Buyers be aware' clause. If you have any queries, just drop us an email or give us a call!
13.5% alc vol
|Units of Alcohol per Bottle||10.1 units|
|Allergen Information||Contains sulphites|
|Food Matches||Beef, Lamb and Cheese|
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