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. It was created in the early 1950s (first commercial vintage 1957) and 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, 1460 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.
PENFOLD’S ST HENRI SHIRAZ 2018
Deep crimson. Fragrant red cherry, redcurrant aromas with sweet fruit, dark chocolate notes. An elegant style with fresh red currant, red cherry flavours, fine sinewy, al-dente textures and underlying sweet fruit, tobacco, chinotto notes. Finishes chalky dry, minerally and long. Very much an alter ego St Henri vintage, yet still displaying the hallmarks of the Penfolds house style.
18 months in large (1460 litres) old, oak vats.
91/100 Point by Jeremy Oliver
Food Pairing :Beef & Venison
Silver Award by DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS 2015
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