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2013 Penfolds St Henri Shiraz

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2013 Penfolds St Henri Shiraz

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Angus Hughson (2009 Vintage) says
Ripe spicy mulberry fruit with creamy oak in the background. Dry, mid weight, a riper more generous dark fruit expression that is warm and round, overt spice/earth to finish - mid plus finish - soft quite silky tannins, will age in the medium term 6-12 years. Robe, Barossa, Adelaide Hills, Wrattonbully, Clare, McLaren Vale. 97% Shiraz, 3% Cab. 14 months older large oak.
93
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
2009 is an impressive St Henri, more a sleeper than a blockbuster, with a very long future before it. Impressively focused crunchy red berries, plums, blueberries and liquorice define a palate with an undercurrent of gentle dark chocolate. The finish rises to a black fruit and liquorice crescendo, with the savoury tannin definition that defines 2009 carrying its fruit with exceptional persistence and a calm yet confident refinement. Robe is the prominent fruit source here, with strong support from SA’s all stars of the Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills, Wrattonbully, Clare Valley and McLaren Vale.
2019-2034
Wine Taste Weekly Special Edition 106 - Penfolds Bin and Icon Release 2013
95
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
An edge of sandalwood to the fruit compote nose with restrained black plum and fresh and cooked black berry and black cherry aromas. In the mouth more medium bodied than full, landing with the refined sweetness of ripe fruit and very fine tannins, unfolding very pretty and fragrant black cherry fruit, with lift in the mouth and very good length of lingering red and black fruit that stays in 2013 for 40 seconds after spitting.
2040
Rob Geddes MW
95
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
To 2025
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
93
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Deep magenta, purple hue; a saturated black fruit wine lies in waiting with a veritable cornucopia of spice and liqueur soaked plums; the ample fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity provide light to the fruit shade; long, sweet-fruited and generous. Shiraz.
94
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
There is an immediacy to the vibrant and ripe fruit core of 2008 St Henri that makes it particularly enticing. The finest vintage since 2005 may prove to rank among the greats, certainly for the enjoyment it affords in the medium-term, even if it doesn’t qualify among the longest-lived. Hints of soy and dark chocolate, balsamic and black olives linger with great presence and persistence. Tannins are admirably fine, yet in no way timid, providing great structural assuredness and textural definition. 91% shiraz and 9% cabernet from Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek, Adelaide Hills, Wrattonbully and Clare Valley, vinified exclusively in large 1500L vats more than fifty years of age.
2018-2028
Wine Taste Special Edition 66 - Penfolds Flagships
95
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
Barossa, McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek, Adelaide Hills, Wrattonbully and the Clare Valley are all represented in this blend of 90% Shiraz and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. There s good ripeness here, with a dense and deep purple colour and perhaps a preview to the shape and feel of Grange 2008. There s a wealth of mixed red_blue_purple berry fruits on offer (as you d expect given the diverse regional mix) and there s a neat sheen of spice thanks to 15 months in large old 1460 litre vats, a savoury, peppery element and some wet concrete too. The palate s dynamic, very ripe, but tightly wound _ must have been plenty of work to get this result from the 08 vintage. The red fruits and plums are beautifully stitched in amid savoury, almost stone-like tannin flavours. Finishes long and even _ will age very well.
2016
Good Wine Guide
94
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
A delicious wine, but another of the revolving door of wine styles that in recent years have been bottled under this historic label. Laced with exotic, musky, marsala-like spices, deep floral scents and pristine aromas of dark berries and plums, it's particularly elegant - certainly without the density and richness usually associated with St Henri. Underpinned by a high grade of fine-grained crunchy tannin, it's intense, pristine and vibrant, finishing with exemplary length and balance.
2028-2038
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
94
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
There is an immediacy to the vibrant and ripe fruit core of 2008 St Henri that makes it particularly enticing. The finest vintage since 2005 may prove to rank among the greats, certainly for the enjoyment it affords in the medium-term, even if it doesn't qualify among the longest-lived. Hints of soy and dark chocolate, balsamic and black olives linger with great presence and persistence. Tannins are admirably fine, yet in no way timid, providing great structural assuredness and textural definition. 91% shiraz and 9% cabernet from Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek, Adelaide Hills, Wrattonbully and Clare Valley, vinified exclusively in large 1500L vats more than fifty years of age.
2018-2028
Wine Taste Special Edition 66
95
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Traditional bottled art with grapes as the medium oak is in the background. This is a durable red with vibrant intensity and an even structure that you can drink young or wait. Normally a classic Australian blend of shiraz and cabernet from selected South Australian regions the 07 is 100% shiraz predominantly from Robe in South Australia as was the 2000 and has more freshness and poise with the usual large oak maturation giving it a medium bodied character. The 08 is back to a multiregional shiraz blend with 10% cabernet and a very firm tannins to finish indicates a bright long future.
2029
Rob Geddes MW
93
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
The colour is bright and deep, the bouquet with black fruits, some meaty aromas and potent spice and licorice components. In the mouth, the flavours are overwhelmingly of black fruits, with echoes of the spice and licorice of the bouquet, and a hint of tobacco. The ripe, but fine, tannins attest to the skills of the winemaking team.
2030
Australian Wine Companion 2012
95
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
A smooth, meaty, ripe and juicy shiraz-dominant red built around a deep, concentrated core of rather jammy, slightly baked and briary flavours of dark berries and plums. Its intense, floral and spicy bouquet opens up with aeration, delivering penetrative small berry aromas with smoky nuances of underbrush, mocha and chocolate. Smooth and polished, its sweetly fruited palate of plush, deeply ripened fruit and restrained oak is supported by a pliant backbone of firmish tannins, finishing soft and gentle, with fresh acids.
The Australian Wine Annual
93
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Strong purple-crimson; has the focus, intensity and class expected of the '06 vintage; blackberry, blackcurrant and savoury spices are supported and complexed by firm, ripe tannins on the medium- to full-bodied, long palate. Shiraz.
To 2031
Australian Wine Companion 2011
96
Tyson Stelzer (2006 Vintage) says
There is no fanfare for the fiftieth anniversary vintage of St Henri. Instead, it's restrained, reserved and closed up, with none of the up-front flamboyance of the 2002 or 2004. Everything is there, however, coiled up tight in its core. Black fruits and firm, fine tannins will rise to the surface given sufficient time.
94
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
The thing that hits you is the pure, blueberry-like flavour. It helps make the wine taste incredibly delicious, so much so that it gets you thinking that this should be the archetype of a young St Henri shiraz. It has lovely concentration, elements of spice and dried herbs, and yet it's still very much a pure, ripe, South Australian red. Balance and class. Longevity won't be a problem.
2015-2025
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11
95
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Very fine, supple, elegant and seamless, this old-fashioned expression of the Australian 'burgundy' style is full to medium in weight, with earthy, leathery and chocolatey complexity beneath its briary expression of bright red and black fruits. Supported by fine, cherry kernel-like tannins, it's silky-smooth, slightly minty and meaty, finishing long and savoury with nuances of licorice, raisins and menthol.
2017-2025
Australian Wine Annual 2010
95
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
Traditional bottled art with grapes as the medium', oak is in the background. This is a durable red with vibrant intensity and an even structure that you can drink young or wait. A classic blend of shiraz and cabernet from selected South Australian regions and large oak maturation give it a gentle character that makes it many wine industry professionals' personal favourite.
2030
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
94
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
A substantial wine in all respects, with more richness and mouthfeel than many of the 1980s and '90s; the array of black fruits with a twist of cassis is perfectly balanced, as is the oak and tannin support.
2025
Australian Wine Companion 2010
94
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2005 Vintage) says
St Henri Shiraz often has a touch of cabernet sauvignon included, and this year cabernet makes up a full 10 per cent - a fairly high amount. In lovely form. So very different from the other Penfolds reds. Raisiny, cherried, mulberried and plummy. Full of soft fruit flavour - no wonder its ageing ability is so deceptive. Tannins are a soft glove covering it all. Floral, pretty aromatics. Aftertaste of tar and dry licorice. Hard to rave over it as a young wine, but as a ten-year-old it will be drinking beautifully.
2015-2025
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10
93
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Really interesting; is true to St Henri style, even with all on offer from the vintage; for a fleeting moment it seemed it could be best yet under this label, but the finish said otherwise. Very, very good wine, but not great
To 2019
Australian Wine Companion 2009
93
Nick Stock (2004 Vintage) says
Penfolds' Peter Gago has the luxury of the entire portfolio to sip and swirl from but he claims a soft spot for St Henri. The 2004 is a classic rendition of fragrant, rich shiraz characters, dried berries and savoury/earthy notes. The palate travels on focused fruit flavour and fine elegant tannins that are anchored securely in line, ensuring an elegant life ahead in the cellar - this is one of the best ageing Penfolds reds.
2016
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009
96
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Deeply fragrant with an alluring, floral and ethereal scent of blackberry liqueur, plums, dark cherries and musky spices with minty undertones of restrained oak and sweet leather, this is an elegant, fine-grained and richly flavoured example of the Australian 'burgundy' style, even though its label once contained the word 'claret'. It's long and brooding, with its restrained expression of pure, pristine fruit overlying a chalky backbone of kernelly tannin. Certain to flesh out magnificently.
2024-2034
Australian Wine Annual 2009
96
Campbell Mattinson (2004 Vintage) says
The interesting thing is that when St Henri was first released in the 1950s, it was the same price as Grange. Now there's a $400 (plus) price gap. It's the result as much of fashion and fortune as of quality; I regularly prefer St Henri. 2004 RELEASE Super violety. Lovely. Lifted, pure, sweet but not jammy. Gorgeous really. Will be a long term stunner. Excellent tannin, without being excessive. Gorgeous purity of fruit flavour. Perfume to die for; smelling it is like sticking your head in a florist's shop. Going to be an absolute beauty. DRINK 2017-2035.
2017 - 2035
The Big Red Wine Book
96
Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
‘Traditional bottled art with grapes as the medium’, oak is in the background. This is a durable red with vibrant intensity and an even structure that you can drink young or wait. A classic blend of shiraz and cabernet from selected South Australian regions and large oak maturation give it a gentle character that makes it many wine industry professionals personal favourite.
2025
Australian Wine Vintages
95
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2004 Vintage) says
Gorgeous. Will mature into a classic.
2017-2035
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10
96
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Excellent colour; a medium-bodied wine which lives up to the expectations of a great vintage; intense black fruits run through a long, perfectly balanced palate, finishing with fine tannins, oak largely unseen.
2020
Australian Wine Companion 2007
96
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
One of the finest releases ever of this benchmark shiraz, with an alluring and slightly meaty fragrance of dark plums, blackberries, dark chocolate, backed by spicy and smoky undertones. Made in the traditional velvet-smooth Australian 'burgundy' style, It's soft and juicy, with a deeply flavoured and layered palate whose deep, dark core of vibrant dark fruit flavours is tightly wrapped in fine, approachable tannins. Marvellously long, it finishes with freshness and acidity, revealing underlying hints of mineral.
2022-2032+
Australian Wine Annual 2007
97
Rob Geddes MW (2002 Vintage) says
‘Traditional bottled art with grapes as the medium’, oak is in the background. This is a durable red with vibrant intensity and an even structure that you can drink young or wait. A classic blend of shiraz and cabernet from selected South Australian regions and large oak maturation give it a gentle character that makes it many wine industry professionals personal favourite.
2016
Australian Wine Vintages
95
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2002 Vintage) says
Rich, exuberant and complex.
2017-2030
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10
94
Jeremy Oliver (1999 Vintage) says
Supple, elegant shiraz with a spicy floral perfume of cassis, blackberries and raspberries with peppery undertones of treacle and caramel, star anise and restrained cedary oak. Its long and satiny palate presents pristine, vibrant fruit over a finegrained chassis, finishing smooth and gentle with delightful intensity.
2011-2019
Australian Wine Annual 2005
95
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (1999 Vintage) says
Minty, tannic, leathery, classic.
2014-2028
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10
94
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the moderately intense bouquet has, as one would expect, good fruit and oak balance and integration; strong blackberry fruit provides the ripe core of the palate, which has a quite savoury finish and tannins to provide ample structure. A great example of St Henri.
2005-2015
Australian Wine Companion 2004
94
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (1998 Vintage) says
Bold and fruity. Needs time.
2014-2030
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10
93
Jeremy Oliver (1998 Vintage) says
2018-2028
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
94
Tyson Stelzer says
If you buy no other Penfolds this release, don’t miss St Henri. It’s as if the 2010 season was perfectly orchestrated for this large format, old oak style. A celebration of this great vintage, this is one of the finest under this label of the modern era, perhaps ever. The epitome of the St Henri style, effortless and elegant, with epic purity and definition, deep and full, yet in not way heavy or overbearing. Wonderfully crunchy and impeccable blackberry, blueberry and plum fruit is accented with notes of liquorice and dark chocolate, presented in a framework of beautifully crafted, finely honed tannins and excellent acid profile. It has space and grace, while lacking nothing in presence and structure, propagating with line and length nothing short of breathtaking. Wow. The price hasn’t moved in three years, and long may it stay this way. 100% shiraz from the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Wrattonbully and Clare Valley, matured for 12 months in old, large 1460L vats.
97
Wine Advocate says
Very deep purple-black in color and showing an attractive nose of warm blackcurrants, blueberries and licorice with a complex undercurrent of mocha, cedar, menthol and grilled meat, the full-bodied 2010 St Henri Shiraz is relatively rich in the mouth, offering tons of fruit structured by firm, fine tannins and refreshing acid. It finishes with great persistence.
97

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