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

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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.

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, 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.

“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.”


SA - Other South Australian
South Australia

Expert Reviews

Deep magenta, purple hue; a saturated black fruit wine lies in waiting with a veritable cornucopia of spice and liqueur soaked plums; the ample fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity provide light to the fruit shade; long, sweet-fruited and generous. Shiraz. Rating 94 - Drink by 2024 - Ben Edwards, Wine Companion (JAN/2012)

If I were forced to make a list of my Top Ten Australian Wines, then you’d find St Henri near the top. It goes into my cellar and down my neck fairly regularly, though perhaps not as often as I’d like.

Chocolate, sage, pepper, mint and lamb, mixed berries – mainly dark – and is that a suggestion of vanilla? It’s full bodied, but not heavy, just plump and round with grainy tannin offering a little grit and grip, though ‘cocoa-like’ may be the best description. Salty beef jerky flavours are of some concern and the wine tastes quite Langhorny on the whole, as a comment, rather than a criticism. Yes, I like it a lot, though I’d most likely not buy it – it feels atypical for the marque. Gary Walsh 93 points Drink 2018-2028+:

91% Shiraz 9% Cabernet. 15 months in old large 1460L vats. Deep, bright colour. Rich perfume of red berries, mocha, white pepper, ferns and olive tapenade. In the mouth a warm, richly flavoured red of concentration showing sticky red and black berry fruits with a long burr of oak reminiscent of sandalwood shavings. Some curranty complexity and lifted spice; a lick of briny acidity. Smooth and supple, fine, luscious and lengthy. Very elegant wine, not an ‘old school’ St Henri. Surprising verve for vintage. Drink in relative youth. Mike Bennie: 93 points 2012-2027

Winery Tasting Notes


Bright crimson rim, dense purple colour.


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.


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.



Food Matching

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

SA - Other South Australian
Grape Style
Shiraz / Syrah
Closure Type
Screwcap closure

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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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