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Penfolds St Henri Shiraz 2012
  • Rated 96 points, James Halliday
  • Supreme Penfolds quality
  • Outstanding cellaring potential until 2045

Penfolds St Henri Shiraz 2012 x1

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Product Code: AR6032
Has a whisk of 3% cabernet to accompany the shiraz, the grapes from the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, Robe and the Clare Valley. In the manner of all St Henris, matured for 13 months in 50yo oak vats (1460l). This is an exercise on a chequer board of savourysmoky black fruits with firm, but polished, tannins. A great St Henri that will come into its own in a bare minimum of 10 years, and live long thereafter. James Halliday, 96 points

Wine Region

SOUTH AUSTRALIA-OTHER

Drink Until

2045

Varieties

97% Shiraz, 3% Cabernet

Alcohol

14.5%

Foods

Try with hickory smoked beef fillet.

Oak

13 months in 50 y.o. large oak vats

Colour

Deep crimson red

Nose

At once Penfolds, at once and reassuringly an authentic, warmingly 'old-style' St Henri. A radiant 'redness' - an orb of red-currants, red liquorice and rhubarb. Earthy, gamey - cured meats, glazed ham, cold pan juicesscents charmingly emitted.

Palate

Solid. Aromatics conveyedshared to palate - juniper, cinnamon, nutmeg, dry herbs. White milk chocolate, mocha and praline St Henri markers tussled to the fore. Integrated, fine and delicate tannins certainly not intimidated by any brash oak. Poised and balanced.

Background

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, 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.

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