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Penfolds - St. Henri Shiraz 2015

Information

  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: South Australia
  • Wine Maker: Peter Gago
  • Grape: Shiraz/Syrah
  • Grape Percentage: 93% Shiraz and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: 2020 - 2045. Drinking well now, but will improve with time
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 93 (2015) JR: 18 (2015)

Wine tasting notes

Colour Deep magenta, foreboding core. Nose Instantly recognisable. First impression – Penfolds. Second – St Henri. Wafts ascend akin to roasted meats – seared crust of venison, game meats. 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. Palate Complete, no gaps – spills across the palate avec a coating of fine (emery paper) polished tannins – inducing a ‘St Henri silkiness’. An assertive wedge of fruit – dark berried – boysenberry, loganberry, and blackberry – á la ‘Fruits of the Forest’. Yet, there’s much more – certainly not only appealing fruit, friendly tannins and balance. Add: luminosity, buoyancy, vibrancy, harmony … quite the package! Needs some time in bottle to unfurl, complex … ever so youthful, yet dangerously accessible. Patience.

Winery Information

Penfolds

Penfolds' first vineyard was founded in 1844 at Magill, South Australia, by Dr Christopher Rawson Penfold. After travelling to Bordeaux and studying winemaking techniques there, he returned vowing to produce a wine to rival the greatest clarets, this was Grange. The first vintage of Grange, named after Dr Penfold's cottage in Magill, was 1951. All early vintages were made from Shiraz grapes grown at Magill and Morphett Vale, Adelaide, and the wine was matured in new American oak for 12 months... read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2015)93 pts

Black olive and plum notes form the base of the 2015 Shiraz St Henri, a wine that sees no new oak (it's aged entirely in old foudres). This vintage includes 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, which gives a bit of lift and a leafy, floral note on the nose. It's medium to full-bodied, with a firm, structured feel and ample tannins to ensure 20-plus years of longevity.

JancisRobinson.com (2015)18 pts

95% Shiraz, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon from Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra, Magill Estate. TA 6.7 g/l, pH 3.72. 12 months in 50-plus-year-old large oak vats. Autumn and winter were dry and cool across South Australia. Below long-term average rainfall continued throughout spring and all through summer. The climactic conditions slightly delayed the start of the growing season in the Barossa Valley and other warmer regions. However, budburst, flowering, veraison and harvest were all earlier than is usually expected of Coonawarra. Warm conditions prevailed in the early part of the summer allowing vines to develop healthy canopies and good bunch set. Some late rain in January and early February was a welcome relief. Temperatures in spring and summer were above the long-term average, resulting in an early harvest for Shiraz. More than 80% of McLaren Vale had been harvested by mid March. Cool February conditions in the Adelaide Hills ensured ripening was steady and the slightly early start to vintage was a result of a mild and dry growing season. Grapes across all the main growing regions were able to ripen evenly. Dark crimson with black notes. Really lovely, thick but fresh ripeness. Glorious! Great. Dried grasses and freshness. Beautiful, composed stuff. Creamy texture. Luscious but not fat nor heavy. Just a little bit of chewy liquorice on the end.

Vinification Notes

12 months in 50 + y.o. large oak vats