Penfolds `St Henri` Shiraz 1997 (1 x 750mL) SA.

The Penfolds St. Henri style is a dramatic contrast to Grange. St. Henri is pure, unadorned Shiraz, virtually alone among high-quality Australian reds in that it has never relied on new oak. It was created in the mid-1950s (first commercial vintage 1957) and gained a new lease on life in the 1990s as its quality and distinctive style became better understood.

Penfolds St. Henri is rich and plush when young and gains soft, earthy, mocha-like characters as it ages. Before bottling it is matured in old, 2000 litre vats that allow the wine to develop, but impart no oak character. A proportion of Cabernet is used to improve structure, but in Penfolds St. Henri, Shiraz stands alone. Packaged in laser-etched bottles since the 1996 vintage.

Overview

The Penfolds St. Henri style is a dramatic contrast to Grange. St. Henri is pure, unadorned Shiraz, virtually alone among high-quality Australian reds in that it has never relied on new oak. It was created in the mid-1950s (first commercial vintage 1957) and gained a new lease on life in the 1990s as its quality and distinctive style became better understood.

Penfolds St. Henri is rich and plush when young and gains soft, earthy, mocha-like characters as it ages. Before bottling it is matured in old, 2000 litre vats that allow the wine to develop, but impart no oak character. A proportion of Cabernet is used to improve structure, but in Penfolds St. Henri, Shiraz stands alone. Packaged in laser-etched bottles since the 1996 vintage.

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

Expert Reviews

93 Points. Jeremy Oliver

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Deep purple.

Aroma

Varietal Shiraz, minus oak! Aromas of stewed raspberries and loganberries, plus savoury, meaty nuances and hints of chocolate, cocoa and black tea in the background.

Palate

Mouthfilling and expansive, yet perfectly poised. Generously fruity, with liqueur chocolate and dried fruit flavours adding complexity. Long and lingering, with attractive, velvety tannins. Will drink beautifully on release - especially if decanted and given some air - but could just as easily be left in the cellar for 8-10 years.

Medals & Trophies

Indy International Wine Competition, 2002: Silver