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St Henri Shiraz

Penfold St Henri Shiraz

St Henri Shiraz by Penfolds is a classic Australian red wine.

“Another vintage that classically reaffirms St Henri DNA – it is not a Bin, nor RWT nor Grange-like. A unique shiraz proposition that harks back to the late-1800’s. Quality that doesn’t date.” “Recommend to decant this vintage – no ifs or buts! It will maketh the wine and reward your effort. 

OVERVIEW St Henri Shiraz 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, 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.
GRAPE VARIETY 96% Shiraz, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon
VINEYARD REGION Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills, Southern Fleurieu, Wrattonbully, McLaren Vale
WINE ANALYSIS Alc/Vol: 14.5%, Acidity: 6.3 g/L, pH: 3.66
MATURATION 12 months in 50+ y.o. large oak vats
Above-average winter and early spring rainfall offered the vines in South Australia healthy soil moisture profiles for the growing season. Late spring and summer were dry and warm with significant heat records being set. Warm weather prevailed during summer and throughout veraison, allowing grapes to develop evenly and with good intensity. The warm conditions came to an abrupt halt in mid-February with significant rainfall that allowed for a long and slow ripening of the fruit in very good conditions. This ensured balanced flavour development, fruit exhibiting a brightness endowed with crisp acid retention and impressive fruit quality.
COLOUR Deep garnet
NOSE Lifted, racy. Rhône-ish at first, South Australian upon sitting. Bountiful aromatics ascend – initially redcurrant, cranberry, Christmas cake mix, and then the liberation of citrus (lime peel), fennel and olive. Middle Eastern spices also present – sweet, not savoury (incl. cinnamon, nutmeg). And, not unexpected, something not present – oak!
PALATE Svelte. Nevertheless, propels assertive tannins that build – sheeted/layered in configuration. To please all tastes – the sweet – zabaglione, custard, raw chocolate (cocoa); and the savoury – (bone) marrow, star anise. Lingers, and certainly leaves a most appealing ‘residual’ impression for quite some time after ingestion. For more information go to

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Producer: Colour: RedGrape: AustralianRegion: South AustraliaAlcohol: 14%Vintage: 2014Flavours: , , , Grape Details: Shiraz, Cabernet SauvignonVinification: 12 months in large, old oak vats.Tasting: On the Nose: Very subtle and highly appealing, oscillating between ripe damson fruits, earthy, smoked meats and delicate, lifted perfumes. Many layers of complex aromas open out of the wine as it sits in the glass. On the Palate: Concentrated and tight with dark, intense summer berry fruits forming a rich ball of flavour on the tongue and offering plenty of depth and palate length. There are fine, ripe tannins that extend into a well-structured velvety texture, with waves of perfume, warm spices and berries running through the finish. Many hallmarks of a very fine wine indeed, akin to the 1990 upon its release.Food: Ideally suited to BeefSKU: PENFO08

£119.00 a bottle

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“Penfolds is unquestionably one of the top wine companies in the world in terms of quality, product range and consistency.
The quality of Penfolds’ red wines is simply world-class; with their flagship wine, Penfolds Grange, without doubt Australia’s greatest red wine & also recognised as one of the worlds’ finest.”

South Australia

South Australia is the largest wine producing state of Australia. It may be surprising to most that the Riverland region is the state’s largest grape producing area. The Barossa Valley is famed for its full-bodied, rich, ripe and generous reds. The Coonawarra is internationally renowned for its Cabernet Sauvignon (and prized ‘terra rossa’ soils). Padthaway, McLaren Vale, and the Clare Valley all make major contributions, and the importance of the Adelaide Hills is rapidly increasing.

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