2016 Penfolds St. Henri Shiraz
Dark brick-red core, crimson on rim.
A wine that immediately invokes interest – its nose endearingly captivating/enticing/intriguing.
Fruits propelled from glass – black cherry, mulberry, blackcurrant, boysenberry … and more.
A subliminal waft of star anise and savoury spices (not sweet) hover above.
With air/decant a perfumed zabaglione / crème anglaise / eggnog ‘creaminess’ also ascends.
At once, St Henri.
Instant delivery, demands attention. Engulfs palate ... ever so deftly. No intimidation.
A pure-fruited retronasal continuum from the first sniff to the post-ingestion back-palate.
No gaps – call it saturation or density/compaction sans ‘bigness’ – apportioned correctly.
Red and dark-fruited, a compote of fresh prune and quince.
2016 + tempered shiraz + House Style + Penfolds = an assured St Henri collectable.
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 and develop desirable flavours.
Multi-regional blend, South Australia. From Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra , Magill Estate.
12 months in 50+ y.o. large oak vats
Alc/Vol: 14.5%, Acidity: 6.7 g/L, pH: 3.72
95% Shiraz, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
“Flirting with the purity & allure of Shiraz. Yes, guilty as charged – surreptitiously seduced.”
- Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker