Penfolds, St Henri Shiraz, 2014

South Australia, Australia

Penfolds, St Henri Shiraz, 2014

South Australia, Australia



  • Bottle
  • Case of 6


Grape Varietes: Shiraz 97%, Cabernet Sauvignon 3% Wine Style: Sophisticated Spicy Reds Winemaker: Peter Gago Optimum Drinking: 2017-2044 Reviewer Rating: 96 Reviewer: Decanter Code: 103020 Alcohol: 14.5%
Estate Notes

Penfolds St Henri Shiraz is part of the Penfolds 'Icon and Luxury Range'. It is 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 with just the feint hint of oak from 50-year-old large oak vats. Grapes yield from the Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills, Southern Fleurieu, Wrattonbully and McLaren Vale.


"Described by Peter Gago as the antithesis of a ‘show wine’, Penfolds' much loved and admired St Henri Shiraz continues to plough its own furrow in glorious style. In many ways it is a superb counterpoint to the more senior Grange, having been aged in large, old oak vats. The nose here is cocoa powder and summer pudding with a touch of mocha. This segues onto a palate of red and black fruits, dark chocolate, graphite and liquorice. St Henris are usually built for the long haul thanks to their acidity, fruit and densely populated tannins, and this is no exception. Superbly structured, juicily vibrant, sweet and balanced, this is tempting to broach now. However, I’d leave it for a couple of decades and wait for the magic to unfurl." Decanter Magazine

This deep red wine has a nose of redcurrant, fruitcake spices, cranberry, citrus and coffee. The sweet elements appear on the palate together with a peppery, savoury character including bone marrow. A wine of complexity with a super-long finish. David King