Penfolds St.Henri Shiraz 2008
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.
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 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.
Nose: St Henri is rich and plush when young, gaining soft, earthy, mocha-like characters as it ages.
Palate: The wine layers red raspberry with darker fruit and black, earthen tannins, creating a tailored impression of elegance.
Finish: Accessible now after some time in a decanter, this is built to drink around ten years from the vintage and to age significantly longer.