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Penfolds St Henri Shiraz 2016

Penfolds St Henri Shiraz 2016

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Penfolds St Henri Shiraz 2016 vintage is a dark brick-red colour in the core, with stunning crimson on rim. This wine immediately invokes interest, its nose is captivating. With a bouquet of fruits emanating from glass with black cherry, mulberry, blackcurrant, boysenberry with hints of star anise and savoury spices. With decanting this wine has perfumes of zabaglione, crème anglaise and eggnog ‘creaminess’ appear.

Immediately recognisable as, St Henri. The palate demands immediate attention. Mouth filling, with pure-fruited retronasal continuum from the first sniff to the post-ingestion back-palate. This wine does not leave any portion of your palate untouched, giving the sensation of a big wine, yet poised and superbly balanced. Finishing with red and dark-fruits, with a compote of fresh prune and quince. The 2016 release consists of 95% Shiraz, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Wine Specifications

Variety: Shiraz

Size: 750mL

Region: South Australia

ABV: 14.5%

Vintage: 2016

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Winery & Vintage Info

St Henri is a time-honoured and alternative expression of shiraz, and an intriguing counterpoint to Grange. It is unusual among high quality Australian red wines as it does not rely on any new oak. Released for the first time by Penfolds in the early 1950s (first commercial vintage 1957), it gained a new lease of life in the 1990s as its quality and distinctive style became better understood. Proudly, a wine style that hasn’t succumbed to the dictates of fashion or commerce.

Penfolds St Henri Shiraz 2016 vintage is rich and plush when young, gaining soft, earthy, mocha-like characters as it ages. It is matured in old, 1,460 litre vats that allow the wine to develop, imparting minimal, if any oak character. Although a small proportion of cabernet is sometimes used to improve structure, the focal point for St Henri remains shiraz.

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.

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