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Penfolds St Henri Shiraz Red Wine 2015 75cl

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Penfolds St Henri Shiraz is an alternative expression of Shiraz, and an intriguing counterpoint to Penfolds Grange red wine. It is unusual among high quality Australian red wines as it does not rely on any new oak.

St Henri is rich and plush when young, gaining soft, earthy, mocha-like characters as it ages. Matured in old, 1,460 litre vats allows 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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Pairs well with…

  • Lamb
  • Parmesan
  • Red Meat
96+ Points - Andrew Caillard MW

96 Points - Tony Love

19+ - Matthew Jukes

96 Points - Tony Love

96 Points - Huon Hooke

96 Points - Tyson Stelzer

94 Points - Anthony Rose, Decanter

93+ Points - Campbell Mattinson

93 Points - Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz

Rainfall in autumn and early winter were close to the long-term average in most of South Australia’s main growing regions. However, the rain stopped abruptly in early August with only a few light spring showers recorded. September through to March saw record low rainfall, stretching water supplies.

Warm and dry conditions during flowering and fruit-set resulted in rapid grapevine growth and early flowering. During early summer temperatures dropped below average with no major heat waves recorded. The harvest progressed rapidly, with most blocks of shiraz picked earlier than usual. Although the conditions resulted in lower than anticipated yields, the quality of fruit across the board was exceptional.
Wafts ascend akin to roasted meats of seared crust of venison, game meats aromas. Then a sprinkling of crushed kola nut, star anise, black liquorice, quince paste. A further swirl or two unleashes more familial St Henri markers of dark chocolate ganache and a biscotti nuttiness. The palate is complete, spilling across the palate with a coating of fine polished tannins – inducing a ‘St Henri silkiness’. An assertive wedge of fruit – dark berried – boysenberry, loganberry, and blackberry. Luminosity, buoyancy, vibrancy and harmony…

First vintaged in 1953. 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.

2020 - 2045. Drinking well now, but will improve with time.

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Wine Brand Penfolds
Country Australia
Volume (cl) 75
ABV (% vol) 14.5
Wine Style Full bodied
Red Wine Expression Complex, Dark Fruits, Fruit Driven
Wine Region Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, Mclaren Vale, Wrattonbully
Closure Cork
Gift boxed No
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