Penfolds `St Henri` Shiraz 2013 (1 x 750mL), SA.

St Henri is a time-honoured 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. Released for the first time by Penfolds in the early 1950s (first commercial vintage 1957), it gained a new lease of life in the 1990s as its quality and distinctive style became better understood. Proudly, a wine style that hasn’t succumbed to the dictates of fashion or commerce. St Henri is rich and plush when young, gaining soft, earthy, mocha-like characters as it ages. It is matured in old, 1,460 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.

Overview

St Henri is a time-honoured 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. Released for the first time by Penfolds in the early 1950s (first commercial vintage 1957), it gained a new lease of life in the 1990s as its quality and distinctive style became better understood. Proudly, a wine style that hasn’t succumbed to the dictates of fashion or commerce. St Henri is rich and plush when young, gaining soft, earthy, mocha-like characters as it ages. It is matured in old, 1,460 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.

Region:
SA - Barossa
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

Deep, dense, dark red/purple colour. The bouquet is subdued and discreet, with fresh earth and discreet spice notes. The palate is where the fireworks really happen. Its silky smooth, supremely elegant and fruit-sweet within its casing of fine powdery tannins. Soft and fleshy, elegant and not as full-bodied as other Penfolds reds this year. A lovely, lovely wine. (4% cabernet sauvignon. 12 months in large oak vats)

Rated 96 by Huon Hooke

Winery Tasting Notes

COLOUR

Deep crimson red

NOSE

At once Penfolds, at once and reassuringly an authentic, warmingly ‘old-style’ St Henri.

A radiant ‘redness’ – an orb of red-currants, red liquorice and rhubarb.

Earthy, gamey – cured meats, glazed ham, cold pan juices…scents charmingly emitted.

PALATE

Solid. Aromatics conveyed/shared to palate – juniper, cinnamon, nutmeg, dry herbs.White milk chocolate, mocha and praline St Henri markers tussled to the fore. Integrated, fine and delicate.