"A modern St Henri classic... one that defies the dictates pronounced by the year of vintage. But then again, that's very St Henri (aka 1974!). Robe delivers in another challenging year - a delightful offer encouraging a reliable sip from the glass rather than a misleading peek at the label!"
- P.Gago, April 2011
Penfolds St Henri is a highly successful and alternative expression of Shiraz and an intriguing counterpoint to Grange. It is unusual among high quality Australian red wines as it does not rely on any new oak. It was created in the early 1950s (first commercial vintage 1957) and gained a new lease of life in the 1990s as its
quality and distinctive style became better understood. St Henri is rich and plush when young, gaining soft, earthy, mocha-like characters as it ages. It is matured in old, 1460 litre vats that allow the wine to develop, imparting minimal, if any oak character. Although a small proportion of Cabernet is sometimes used to improve structure, the focal point for St Henri remains Shiraz.
Bright, youthful, red
Pure, real, unadulterated, honest Shiraz... and 100% at that in this 2007 vintage release! Primarily, freshly-pureed mixed-berries - raspberry, mulberry, loganberry, sitting alongside aromas alike those from candied/toffeed apple.
Fresh, vibrant, lively.
A complete wine - fruits, tannins, acid, maturation artifacts... all combine to structurally & texturally deliver. Tannins are even throughout, yet serve to tighten
palate in middle, with a singular, central focus. Robe markers - crushed shale (and saltbush/ bluebush?) evident... perhaps understandable at over one-quarter of blend volume. Poised, yet still lush, generous.
A collector's item! We believe this wine to be wonderful - however, as with all aged wines, it comes with a 'Buyers be aware' clause, and some labels may not be perfect. If you have any queries, please just drop us an email or give us a call!
|Bottle Size||750ml & 1.5L|
|Cultivar||100 % Shiraz|
14.5% alc vol
|Units of Alcohol per Bottle||10.9 units|
|Allergen Information||Contains sulphites|
|Food Matches||Pork, cauliflower cream, confit turnip, morcilla, fennel seed and spiced quince puree|
|Origin||Robe, McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek,
Padthaway, Barossa Valley, Coonawarra,