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. Released for the first time
by Penfolds in the early 1950s (first commercial vintage 1957), it 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, large oak 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.
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
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.
PEAK DRINKING 2020 – 2045
Exchange, Returns, and Refunds Policy
Please choose carefully before you buy.
For faulty products, Cellarspace Penfolds Cellar offer a 14 DAY REPLACEMENT WARRANTY, from the date you receive your product. They do not offer a satisfaction guarantee on any of their products, however due to their high level of customer service, they will always endeavour to keep customers happy and satisfied.
If your product is faulty, it will be replaced with an identical product. If they cannot replace the product, they will offer you the option of choosing another product of the same value, or provide you with a refund for the total value of the faulty product.
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