Penfolds `St Henri` Shiraz 2001 (1 x 750mL), Multi-regional, SA.

Langton’s Classified: Excellent

Top Vintage

Penfolds St. Henri is a counterpoint to Penfolds Grange. St. Henri is a highly successful, alternative expression of Shiraz. It is unusual among high quality Australian red wines as it does not rely on new oak. It was created in the mid-1950s (first commercial vintage 1957) and gained a new lease of 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. It is matured in old, 1460-litre vats that allow the wine to develop, but imparting no oak character. The focal point for St. Henri is Shiraz.

Vintage Conditions

The 2001 Penfolds St. Henri already shows greatpotential and is possibly the best since 1998!

The source regions for this wine experienced good winter rain, setting the season off well for spring vine development. Exceptional heat in January extended through the late summer months until rain brought relief in most regions in mid-March. Penfolds access to well managed vineyards across the country enabled a careful selection of premium quality blend

Overview

Langton’s Classified: Excellent

Top Vintage

Penfolds St. Henri is a counterpoint to Penfolds Grange. St. Henri is a highly successful, alternative expression of Shiraz. It is unusual among high quality Australian red wines as it does not rely on new oak. It was created in the mid-1950s (first commercial vintage 1957) and gained a new lease of 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. It is matured in old, 1460-litre vats that allow the wine to develop, but imparting no oak character. The focal point for St. Henri is Shiraz.

Vintage Conditions

The 2001 Penfolds St. Henri already shows greatpotential and is possibly the best since 1998!

The source regions for this wine experienced good winter rain, setting the season off well for spring vine development. Exceptional heat in January extended through the late summer months until rain brought relief in most regions in mid-March. Penfolds access to well managed vineyards across the country enabled a careful selection of premium quality blend

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

Expert Reviews

94 Points. Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front. 1 January 2005

Excellent. A good example of how under-rated 2001 is – at the upper end the wines are as good, and often better, than their 2002 equivalents. This wine is all blooming aromatics, black cherry and kirsch, with a blackness that gives the wine a real sense of free-flowing, fruit-driven oomph. The impressive thing is the wine’s momentum.

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

An excellent depth of colour with bright crimson hues.

Aroma

Lifted and complex, aromas of spice, raspberry and blackberry fruits, develop characters of praline, anise and mocha with a swirl of the glass. Notes of quince paste, meat jus, black olive, and background tarriness promote an intriguing, complex style..

Palate

Palate A full bodied offering with a generous mid palate and formidable weight for the style of wine. Tight, with rounded, integrated, yet obvious tannins, primary flavours of black fruits, blackberry conserve, dark plum, liquorice and spice are evident. A youthful, lively wine with no oak influence. A wine of the vintage, demanding larger glassware and an energetic swirl.

Cellaring Potential

2007 - 2020

Food Matching

Ideally suited to beef, cheese, lamb