Penfolds

2007 Penfolds St Henri Shiraz

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2007 Penfolds St Henri Shiraz
2007 Penfolds St Henri Shiraz
2007 Penfolds St Henri Shiraz
2007 Penfolds St Henri Shiraz
2007 Penfolds St Henri Shiraz
2007 Penfolds St Henri Shiraz
2007 Penfolds St Henri Shiraz
2007 Penfolds St Henri Shiraz
2007 Penfolds St Henri Shiraz
2007 Penfolds St Henri Shiraz

"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

Tasting Notes

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.

Colour 

Bright, youthful, red

Nose

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.

Palate

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.

 

Critical Acclaim

RP93 - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Very deep garnet-purple colored, the 2007 St Henri Shiraz is a little closed at this stage, revealing subtle earthy notes over crushed blackberries, pencil lead, toast, game, smoky bacon and tree bark. Medium bodied, elegantly fruited and still very tight-knit, the palate offers beautiful purity structured with firm chewy tannins and very crisp acid that should see it through a long life. Consider drinking it 2013 to 2022+.
W&S91 - Wine & Spirits
This vintage of St. Henri shows its old-vine intensity without any jamminess. It's youthful and concentrated, surprisingly smoky for a wine made without any new oak. St. Henri often needs several years in the bottle to show at its best; this '07 is accessible on release, a clean, sleek shiraz for roast lamb.

Please Note

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!

Specifications

Year 2007
Bottle Size 750ml & 1.5L
Cultivar 100 % Shiraz 
Country Australia
Alcohol content
14.5% alc vol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 10.9 units
Type Red Wine
Cellaring Potential 2033
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,
Adelaide Hills
Appellation South Australia