Penfolds, St Henri Shiraz 2017 750ML
120 SGD / bottle
St Henri is a time-honoured and alternative expression of shiraz, and an intriguing counterpoint to Grange. It is unusual amongst 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. St Henri is rich and plush when young, gaining soft, earthy, mocha-like characters with age. It is matured in an assortment of old large vats that allow the wine to develop, imparting minimal, if any oak character. Although a small proportion of cabernet may sneak into the blend, the focal point for St Henri remains shiraz.
This Shiraz wine presents initial savoury notes followed by rich cherry liqueur and chocolate aromas. It features a blend of dried beef, traditional garrigue herbs, and a unique mix of copha, cranberry, and activated walnut. Notably, there is no discernible influence from oak or artificial elements in the wine.
A textural masterpiece with plush, seamless feel and silky tannins. It offers rich flavors of black olive, coffee, and mocha from generous Shiraz fruits in South Australia. Medium-bodied, it effortlessly fills the mouth with a succulent blend of pomegranate, cranberry, and quince paste-induced acidity, balanced by fruit sweetness.