Penfolds `St Henri` Shiraz-Cabernet 1994 (1 x 1.5L Magnum) Recork Clinic 16

Penfolds Red Wine Recorking Clinic 2016 2/081. Bottle Numbered: 258/1221

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St. Henri is an enigma in modern Australia in that it is a richly flavoured Shiraz wine that does not rely on the flavour support of new oak. Rather than the typical use of small, often new barriques and hogsheads to mature Shiraz, St. Henri is matured mostly in large, 2000 litre oak casks that impart almost no wood characters.

Overview

Penfolds Red Wine Recorking Clinic 2016 2/081. Bottle Numbered: 258/1221

Provenance: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

St. Henri is an enigma in modern Australia in that it is a richly flavoured Shiraz wine that does not rely on the flavour support of new oak. Rather than the typical use of small, often new barriques and hogsheads to mature Shiraz, St. Henri is matured mostly in large, 2000 litre oak casks that impart almost no wood characters.

Region:
AUS - Multi-regional
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Deep brick red.

Aroma

Fragrant and stylish Shiraz characters augmented by vibrant fresh mulberry/ loganberry overtones granted by the Cabernet component.

Palate

In the mouth, intense, sweet cherry-like, spicy Shiraz fruit characters couple beautifully with the fleshy blackcurrant flavours of Cabernet. Chewy, yet well-integrated tannins promise a great future for this balanced and impressively structured red. The finish is long and generous with a slight earthiness.

Wine Background

St. Henri is an enigma in modern Australia in that it is a richly flavoured Shiraz wine that does not rely on the flavour support of new oak. Rather than the typical use of small, often new barriques and hogsheads to mature Shiraz, St. Henri is matured mostly in large, 2000 litre oak casks that impart almost no wood characters.

Developed by former Penfolds winemaker John Davoren in 1956, the aim was to create a refined ‘claret’ style with the capacity to age. The result was a radically different style of red - elegant, supple, ‘fruit driven’ and perhaps the ultimate varietal expression of the Shiraz grape.