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2015 Penfolds St. Henri Shiraz

93 Points | The Wine Advocate

"Black olive and plum notes form the base of the 2015 Shiraz St Henri.This vintage includes 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, which gives a bit of lift and a leafy, floral note on the nose. It's medium to full-bodied, with a firm, structured feel and ample tannins to ensure 20-plus years of longevity."

-Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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Vintage 2015
Wine Style Red Wine
Varietal Shiraz
Appellation Australia
Size 750 ml
Tasting Notes
Color
Deep magenta, foreboding core.

Nose
Instantly recognizable.
First impression – Penfolds. Second – St Henri.
Wafts ascend akin to roasted meats – seared crust of venison, game meats. Then a sprinkling of crushed kola nut, star anise, black licorice, quince paste.
A further swirl or two unleashes more familial St Henri markers of dark chocolate ganache and a biscotti nuttiness.

Palate
Complete, no gaps – spills across the palate avec a coating of fine (emery paper) polished tannins – inducing a ‘St Henri silkiness’.
An assertive wedge of fruit – dark berried – boysenberry, loganberry, and blackberry – á la ‘Fruits of the Forest’.
Yet, there’s much more – certainly not only appealing fruit, friendly tannins and balance. Add: luminosity, buoyancy, vibrancy, harmony … quite the package!
Needs some time in bottle to unfurl, complex … ever so youthful, yet dangerously accessible. Patience.
Vineyard Notes
Rainfall in autumn and early winter were close to the long-term average in most of South Australia’s main growing regions. However, the rain stopped abruptly in early August with only a few light spring showers recorded. September through to March saw record low rainfall, stretching water supplies.

Warm and dry conditions during flowering and fruit-set resulted in rapid grapevine growth and early flowering. During early summer temperatures dropped below average with no major heat waves recorded. The harvest progressed rapidly, with most blocks of Shiraz picked earlier than usual. Although the conditions resulted in lower than anticipated yields, the quality of fruit across the board was exceptional.
Production Notes
Origin: Multi-regional blend, South Australia. McLaren Vale, Robe The Peninsulas, Barossa Valley, Wrattonbully, Adelaide Hills and Mt Benson.

Maturation: 12 months in 50 + y.o. large oak vats.

Wine Analysis: Alc/Vol: 14.5%, Acidity: 7 g/L, pH: 3.66

Variety: 93% Shiraz and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Winemaker Notes
“We’d like to say: St Henri, 1895 – 2015: A style 120 years young! But, we don’t know for sure. Some records indicate the first St Henri may have been created as early as 1890!”.

“St Henri: style conviction. Definition. Still a ‘Claret’ style, but not
legally. Distractingly a 7% Cabernet inclusion reminds us of earlier
times, and its earlier moniker."
- Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker
Ratings
96+ Points - Andrew Caillard MW
96 Points- Tony Love
95 Points - Owen Bargreen, International WIne Report
94 Points - James Suckling
19+ - Matthew Jukes
93 Points - Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
 
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