Its finally here!!!!!!!! Penfolds Release, Extremely limited, NZ allocation has been delayed and we dont have much either.
19+/20 Points - Matthew Jukes
98 Points - Andrew Caillard MW
98 Points - Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com
96 Points - Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
95 Points - Angus Hughson
95 Points - Campbell Mattinson
95 Points - Huon Hooke
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.
“Flirting with the purity & allure of Shiraz. Yes, guilty as charged – surreptitiously seduced.”
95% Shiraz, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra , Magill Estate
12 months in 50+ y.o. large oak vats