Penfolds `St Henri` Claret 1989 (1 x 750mL), SA.

While Grange is now seen as the quintessential Australian wine, John Davoren's work with St. Henri is of equal importance. Indeed both these wines set new standards for their day with St. Henri establishing an elegant, perfumed style based on fruit definition and maturation in old oak.

Originally the wines were called 'Penfolds St. Henri Claret', but since 1991, with the release of this 1989 vintage, St. Henri has been labelled varietally. Like Grange, the wines have always been Shiraz driven, with small varying percentages of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Nowadays St. Henri is a multi-district blend drawing Shiraz from the Barossa Valley, Eden Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, the foothills of the Adelaide Hills, and Langhorne Creek. Cabernet Sauvignon, which provides firmness and structure to the St. Henri style, is sourced from the Barossa Valley, Coonawarra and Bordertown.

Overview

While Grange is now seen as the quintessential Australian wine, John Davoren's work with St. Henri is of equal importance. Indeed both these wines set new standards for their day with St. Henri establishing an elegant, perfumed style based on fruit definition and maturation in old oak.

Originally the wines were called 'Penfolds St. Henri Claret', but since 1991, with the release of this 1989 vintage, St. Henri has been labelled varietally. Like Grange, the wines have always been Shiraz driven, with small varying percentages of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Nowadays St. Henri is a multi-district blend drawing Shiraz from the Barossa Valley, Eden Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, the foothills of the Adelaide Hills, and Langhorne Creek. Cabernet Sauvignon, which provides firmness and structure to the St. Henri style, is sourced from the Barossa Valley, Coonawarra and Bordertown.

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

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

A deep brick red.

Aroma

The bouquet is dominated by Shiraz and displays distinctive, spicy fruit with maturation characters. The wine is just beginning to show some bottle aged development after careful cellar maturation under ideal conditions.

Palate

The palate is full bodied, rich and complex with attractive pepper and spice varietal flavours, principally derived from the diverse fruit sources and balanced by a firm tannin finish. Whilst the Cabernet fruit character is not overt, it has contributed to the overall mouth-feel.

Wine Background

Penfolds St. Henri, like Grange Hermitage, has built a tradition over many decades as a wine renowned for its depth of fruit flavour and longevity. The St. Henri style, made from a blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, emphasises fruit character.

The grapes are selected for elegance rather than intensity and, in contrast to other Penfolds reds, oak character is not an important element of the style.

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