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2013 Penfolds St Henri Shiraz

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2013 Penfolds St Henri Shiraz

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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
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.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009
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
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2004 Vintage) says
Gorgeous. Will mature into a classic.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
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.
Australian Wine Companion 2007
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.
Australian Wine Annual 2007
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.
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.

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