Penfolds `St Henri` Shiraz 2005 (6 x 750mL), SA.

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.

"Drinking well upon release, yet this will cellar - as per its template. Over half a century on - the St Henri stylistic stamp remains indelible."

Peter Gago - Penfolds Chief Winemaker

Overview

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.

"Drinking well upon release, yet this will cellar - as per its template. Over half a century on - the St Henri stylistic stamp remains indelible."

Peter Gago - Penfolds Chief Winemaker

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

Expert Reviews

Rating 94 Drink 2025 - James Halliday, Wine Companion - Date Tasted Mar 09

"A substantial wine in all respects, with more richness and mouthfeel than many of the 1980s and ’90s; the array of black fruits with a twist of cassis is perfectly balanced, as is the oak and tannin support."

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Dark garnet with a deep core.

Aroma

Floral, perfumed, fresh. Boiled-fruitcake mix - nutmeg / cinnamon and mixed spices are laced with glaceed (Cointreau-like) citrus fruits. Subtle praline & liquorice trail on the finish.

Palate

Medium to full-bodied with an acid/tannin conveyance propelling flavour to the back-palate. Balanced yet taut, with a continuum of flavours - sarsaparilla, beetroot, lemon, blackcurrant.

Nutmeg, red liquorice & pomegranate jump to the fore while juniper, bay leaf & menthol linger on the finish. A lot's happening! The finish? Lacy tannins. No oak.

Cellaring Potential

2015 - 2030

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