PENFOLDS ST HENRI SHIRAZ 2014

$140.00

“Quality that doesn’t date.” – Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker

The 2014 St Henri is a deep garnet colour. On the nose it is lifted and racy. Bountiful aromatics ascend, initially redcurrant, cranberry, Christmas cake mix, and then the liberation of citrus (lime peel), fennel and olive. Middle Eastern spices are also present including sweet, not savoury (incl. cinnamon, nutmeg). And, not unexpected, something not present – oak!

The palate is svelte and propels assertive tannins that build. It pleases all tastes – the sweet including zabaglione, custard, raw chocolate (cocoa); and the savoury marrow, star anise. Lingers, and certainly leaves a most appealing ‘residual’ impression for quite some time after ingestion.

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“Quality that doesn’t date.” – Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker

The 2014 St Henri is a deep garnet colour. On the nose it is lifted and racy. Bountiful aromatics ascend, initially redcurrant, cranberry, Christmas cake mix, and then the liberation of citrus (lime peel), fennel and olive. Middle Eastern spices are also present including sweet, not savoury (incl. cinnamon, nutmeg). And, not unexpected, something not present – oak!

The palate is svelte and propels assertive tannins that build. It pleases all tastes – the sweet including zabaglione, custard, raw chocolate (cocoa); and the savoury marrow, star anise. Lingers, and certainly leaves a most appealing ‘residual’ impression for quite some time after ingestion.

95 – James Halliday

“Matured for 12 months in 50+yo large oak vats. No barrel fermentation, no oak flavours of any description, but none needed. This is all about fruit purity, shiraz with the faintest damask of blackcurrant wrapped around it. More than any other of the top range of the Penfolds red wine hierarchy, will repay patience.”  

About St Henri Shiraz

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.

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