Penfolds St Henri Shiraz 2015 (6 x 750mL), SA.

Provenance: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

St Henri is a time-honoured 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.

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, 1,460 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.

“We’d like to say: St Henri, 1895 – 2015: A style 120 years young! But, we don’t know for sure. Some records indicate the first St Henri may have been created as early as 1890!”

“St Henri: style conviction. Definition. Still a ‘Claret’ style, but not legally. Distractingly a 7% Cabernet inclusion reminds us of earlier times, and its earlier moniker.”

  • Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker

Overview

Provenance: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

St Henri is a time-honoured 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.

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, 1,460 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.

“We’d like to say: St Henri, 1895 – 2015: A style 120 years young! But, we don’t know for sure. Some records indicate the first St Henri may have been created as early as 1890!”

“St Henri: style conviction. Definition. Still a ‘Claret’ style, but not legally. Distractingly a 7% Cabernet inclusion reminds us of earlier times, and its earlier moniker.”

  • Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

96+ Points - Andrew Caillard MW

96 Points - Tony Love

19+ - Matthew Jukes

96 Points - Tony Love

96 Points - Huon Hooke

96 Points - Tyson Stelzer

94 Points - Anthony Rose, Decanter

93+ Points - Campbell Mattinson

93 Points - Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Deep magenta, foreboding core.

Nose

Instantly recognisable. First impression – Penfolds. Second – St Henri.

Wafts ascend akin to roasted meats – seared crust of venison, game meats.

Then a sprinkling of crushed kola nut, star anise, black liquorice, quince paste.

A further swirl or two unleashes more familial St Henri markers of dark chocolate ganache and a biscotti nuttiness.

Palate

Complete, no gaps – spills across the palate avec a coating of fine (emery paper) polished tannins – inducing a ‘St Henri silkiness’.

An assertive wedge of fruit – dark berried – boysenberry, loganberry, and blackberry – á la ‘Fruits of the Forest’.

Yet, there’s much more – certainly not only appealing fruit, friendly tannins and balance. Add: luminosity, buoyancy, vibrancy, harmony … quite the package!

Needs some time in bottle to unfurl, complex … ever so youthful, yet dangerously accessible. Patience.