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.
"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!"
- Peter Gago (April 2011)
- SA - Other South Australian
- South Australia
The colour is bright and deep, the bouquet with black fruits, some meaty aromas and potent spice and licorice components. In the mouth, the flavours are overwhelmingly of black fruits, with echoes of the spice and licorice of the bouquet, and a hint of tobacco. The ripe, but fine, tannins attest to the skills of the winemaking team.
Rating 95 - Drink by 2030 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (MAR/2011)
Very deep garnet-purple coloured, 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+.
Rating 93 - Drink 2013 - 2022 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, eRobertParker.com (FEB/2012)
Winery Tasting Notes
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.
Wild rabbit three-ways with vanilla, braised pistachio, house-cured pancetta and apricot.
2012 to 2033