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Penfolds - Penfolds St Henri 2017

Red Wine from South Australia · Australia
Price: £75.00
Case Rate: £75.00
Ex Tax: £62.50
Country:
Wine Region: South Australia
Wine Area: Barossa Valley
Winery: Penfolds
Grape: Shiraz/Syrah
Grape Percentage: 97% Shiraz, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Limited Stock: (1 btls)
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93 pts  Wine Advocate/Robert Parker
Country:
Wine Region: South Australia
Wine Area: Barossa Valley
Winery: Penfolds
Grape: Shiraz/Syrah
Grape Percentage: 97% Shiraz, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750

Wine tasting notes

Black olive; coffee and mocha flavours abound, as do the generous shiraz fruits sourced from the northern viticultural reaches of South Australia. Medium-bodied, with a great core and lovely framework – yet what is sipped fills the mouth so effortlessly. A succulence is immediately noted – a fruited pomegranate/cranberry/quince paste-induced acidity, balanced with fruit sweetness

Expert reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2017) - 93 pts

The St Henri point of difference is that it's aged in old, large wooden vats. Sourced from throughout South Australia, the 2017 St Henri Shiraz reveals no oak in its rather raw, unrefined notes of bloody beef, mixed berries, black olives and road tar. It's full-bodied and still tannic at this stage, with a bit of coarseness on the finish that hopefully time will soften. While not the best vintage for St Henri, it's a commendable effort that should age well.


JancisRobinson.com (2017) - 17.5 pts

Sweetly spiced nose, juicy black-cherry fruit on the palate, then contrastingly savoury to finish – much more severe than the 2018 Bin 389 just tasted, yet entirely balanced and still with generous fruit. Should be long-lived.


James Suckling (2017) - 95 pts

This has a very impressive, intense nose with a cool and spicy edge, as well as aromas of red flowers and fresh raspberries, set amid some wild-herb tones. The palate has very expressive raspberry and cranberry flavors, delivered among fine, crunchy and lithe, juicy tannins. The palate has a deep, red-plum core that’s quite tautly contained and wrapped up neatly for some time to come. Try this from 2025. Screw cap.


Decanter (2017) - 96 pts

There’s a lot to love about this wine: its calm modesty, assured sense of purpose, and long, steady procession of flavours. The elastic palate stretches and shifts through rich savoury notes over a measured meld of sweet berries. If you regard Shiraz as being too much a playful puppy, then this represents a more docile, loyal companion. It’s a comforting wine; reliable and secure. A slowly bowed cello rather than a shrill violin. An evocative slow dance to a timeless ballad. Watch its allure grow with time in the cellar.


James Halliday (2017) - 96 pts

The cool and late vintage kissed the wine on both cheeks, making the classic maturation in 50yo vats doubly welcome. A glimpse of the future is the use of fruit from Port Lincoln joining the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, and Eden Valley in the blend. This has none of the hardness that sometimes gives an edge to St Henri, purity stepping in to its sculpted palate. Includes 3% cabernet sauvignon.