- Rated 96 points, James Halliday
- Supreme Penfolds quality
- Outstanding cellaring potential until 2045
Penfolds St Henri Shiraz 2012 x1
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97% Shiraz, 3% Cabernet
Try with hickory smoked beef fillet.
13 months in 50 y.o. large oak vats
Deep crimson red
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.
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.
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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