Penfolds `St Henri` Shiraz 1999 (6 x 750mL), SA.

Provenance: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Penfolds St Henri is a dramatic contrast to Penfolds Grange. St Henri is pure, unadorned Shiraz, virtually alone among high quality Australian reds in that it has never relied on new oak. It was created in the mid-1950s (first commercial vintage 1957) and has gained a new lease on 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. Before bottling it is matured in old, 2000-litre vats that allow the wine to develop, but impart no oak character. A small proportion of Cabernet is used to improve structure, but the focal point for Penfolds St Henri is Shiraz, often comprising over 95% of the blend. Packaged in laser-etched bottles since the 1996 vintage.

Overview

Provenance: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Penfolds St Henri is a dramatic contrast to Penfolds Grange. St Henri is pure, unadorned Shiraz, virtually alone among high quality Australian reds in that it has never relied on new oak. It was created in the mid-1950s (first commercial vintage 1957) and has gained a new lease on 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. Before bottling it is matured in old, 2000-litre vats that allow the wine to develop, but impart no oak character. A small proportion of Cabernet is used to improve structure, but the focal point for Penfolds St Henri is Shiraz, often comprising over 95% of the blend. Packaged in laser-etched bottles since the 1996 vintage.

Region:
SA - Other South Australian
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

"Bramble, briar and spice aromas; then a palate with bitter chocolate, licorice and blackberry joining the background components of the bouquet; very well handled tannins; Penfolds is on top of this aspect of the game."

Rating 93 Drink 2015 - James Halliday, Wine Companion - Date Tasted Apr 03

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Deep, dark red.

Aroma

Upon opening, aromas of cold meats and freshly baked panaforte interweave with a pure-fruited expression of Shiraz, unadorned by any discernable traces of oak. With breathing, glacier fruit, spice and savoury nuances ascend.

Palate

A textbook St Henri with ripened raspberry and nectarine fruits coupled with finely textured grainy tannins that roll off the tongue. Masses of fruit flavours peak on the mid to back palate with depth, concentration and softness.

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