Penfolds, St Henri Shiraz, 2012

South Australia, Australia

Penfolds, St Henri Shiraz, 2012

South Australia, Australia

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Grape Varietes: Shiraz 97%, Cabernet Sauvignon 3% Wine Style: Sophisticated Spicy Reds Winemaker: Peter Gago Optimum Drinking: 2016-2050 Reviewer Rating: 96 Reviewer: James Halliday Code: 102719 Alcohol: 14.5%
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Penfolds St Henri is part of Penfolds 'Icon and Luxury Range' - a traditional style first created in the early 1950s, and unlike Penfolds Grange it does not use new oak.

St Henri's Grange hasn't succumbed to fashion or commerce over the years and has a long history that continues to excite year after year. The St Henri is characterised by its rich, plush texture when young, gaining soft, earthy, mocha-like characters as it ages. The small proportion of Cabernet, sometimes employed in vintages, in the blend is used to provide structure.

Reviews

"Has a whisk of 3% cabernet to accompany the shiraz, the grapes from the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, Robe and the Clare Valley. In the manner of all St Henris, matured for 13 months in 50yo oak vats (1460l). This is an exercise on a chequer board of savoury/smoky black fruits with firm, but polished, tannins. A great St Henri that will come into its own in a bare minimum of 10 years, and live long thereafter." James Halliday

"The 2012 Shiraz St Henri is very impressive with its elegant, sophisticated and well-crafted expression of this superb vintage. As always, there is no new oak employed here, simply 50+ year old large oak vats. This vintage has a dollop (3%) Cabernet Sauvignon, contributing a lovely cassis lift to the heady perfume. Deep garnet-purple colored, it displays a gorgeous nose of commendable purity and intensity with notes of red and blackcurrants, freshly crushed blackberries, menthol, cinnamon stick, bacon fat and cloves. Rich and already expressive on the palate, it is nonetheless built for the long haul with firm, ripe and grainy tannins carrying the fruit to a long and layered finish. This should be a long-lived St Henri that should cellar gracefully for at least 2 decades." eRobertParker.com

“Will age well, yet good now...decades of substantiation!” “An ‘Old School’ St Henri…from Vintage 2012. The cycle continues to turn.” “Decant? Of course.” Peter Gago, Penfolds' Chief Winemaker