Penfolds `St Henri` Shiraz 2008 (6 x 750mL), SA.

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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.

“Fulfils all 2008 vintage expectations! Fulfils all expectations of St Henri. A confident and content St Henri release.”

“It is the palate that will primarily attest to this wine’s worth—both at release... and more than likely in a half-century or so!”

“Aligns well with the benchmark 1998 St Henri vintage — by whatever measure—fruit, concentration, weight.”

PETER GAGO, PENFOLDS CHIEF WINEMAKER

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

Expert Reviews

‘2008 would've been great but for the heatwave.’ On the Magill Estate they picked early, along with old vines that ripen early. Wonderfully savoury and grown up on the nose. Rich after the dry start. Strapping but gentle in texture. So serious and correct. Still youthful. Lots of liquorice. One of the few wines in this range that they ferment to dryness in the fermentation vat.

Rating 18/20 - Jancis Robinson MW/OBE (18/JUL2008)

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Bright crimson rim, dense purple colour.

Aroma

Anticipated praline/milk chocolate St Henri aromatic markers, replete with fruits —mulberry and boysenberry. Compliments of the vintage freshly squeezed beetroot/ginger juice and dried spices—bay leaf and sage. Large old vat-matured Shiraz—varietally and convincingly announced by way of a cold lamb/rosemary/marrow disposition.

Palate

Plush, fleshy and mouth filling—showcasing a cleverly woven texture and deceptive (fruit) weight. Nectarine and blood plum fruits courted by the largesse of big, ripe and round tannins. Maturation precursors already awoken, although yet to ascend/unfurl—fresh wallet leather, pan scrapings,... Long and persistent. Polished.

Cellaring Potential

2012 - 2038

Food Matching

Roast rack and slow cooked breast of lamb, gubinge, celery and sea parsley

(Magill Estate Restaurant).

Vintage
2008
Region
SA - Other South Australian
Grape Style
Shiraz / Syrah
Closure Type
Screwcap closure
Alcohol
14.5%

Winery Profile

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Australia's winemaking history of less than two hundred years is brief by European measures though, like Europe, punctuated by periods of extreme success and difficult times. From the earliest winemaking days Penfolds has figured prominently and few would argue the importance of Penfolds' influence on Australia's winemaking psyche.

Without the influence of Penfolds the modern Australian wine industry would look very different indeed. Sitting comfortably outside of fad and fashion, Penfolds has taken Australian wine to the world on a grand stage and forged a reputation for quality that is without peer.

Penfolds' reputation for making wines of provenance and cellaring potential might suggest a mantle of tradition and formality is the preferred attire of a company with so much history to defend. But to label Penfolds as simply an established and conventional winemaker, would be to confuse tradition with consideration and to overlook the innovative spirit that has driven Penfolds since its foundation, and continues to find expression in modern times.

If there is anything traditional about Penfolds, it is the practice of constantly reviewing the wines it already does well, and continuously evolving and refining styles as vineyards mature and access to ever older and more varied vineyard sites improves.

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