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  • St Henri is a time-honoured and alternative expression of Shiraz
  • matured in old, 1,460 litre vats that allow the wine to develop, imparting minimal, if any oak character.
  • “Another vintage that classically reaffirms St Henri DNA – it is not a Bin, nor RWT nor Grange-like. A unique shiraz proposition that harks back to the late-1800’s. Quality that doesn’t date.” - Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker
 

Tasting Notes
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Colour Purple-Red
Nose Lifted, racy. Rhône-ish at first, South Australian upon sitting. Bountiful aromatics ascend – initially redcurrant, cranberry, Christmas cake mix, and then the liberation of citrus (lime peel), fennel and olive. Middle Eastern spices also present – sweet, not savoury (incl. cinnamon, nutmeg). And, not unexpected, something not present - oak!
Palate Svelte. Nevertheless, propels assertive tannins that build – sheeted/layered in configuration. To please all tastes - the sweet – zabaglione, custard, raw chocolate (cocoa); and the savoury – (bone) marrow, star anise. Lingers, and certainly leaves a most appealing ‘residual’ impression for quite some time after ingestion.
Food Pairing Roast, grilled beef.
Cellaring 15+ Years
Notes “Recommend to decant this vintage – no ifs or buts! It will maketh the wine and reward your effort.” - Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker
Variety Shiraz
Body Full Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2014
Region Multi Regional
Country Australia
Sustainability None
Alcohol 14.5%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Stelvin
Penfolds
Penfolds was established in 1844 by a young English doctor, Dr Christopher Rawson Penfold. He built a cottage in Magill, on the outskirts of Adelaide with his wife Mary, and it was around this site that vine cuttings from the South of France were planted. Peter Gago joined Penfolds in 1989, and in 2002, he became Chief Winemaker. He leads an incredibly talented and experienced winemaking team who follow the traditions established by Penfolds previous owners.



Penfolds house style wines embrace the idea of multi-regional blending, optimum fruit quality, the use of fine-grained American and French oak and most often, barrel fermentation and maturation. Penfolds has played a big part in the evolution of winemaking in Australia - and across the world. Their biggest viticultural regions include Adelaide, the Barossa Valley, the Clare Valley, Coonawarra, Limestone Coast, and McLaren Vale. In total, grapes are sourced from more than 220 vineyards across Australia and only the best are chosen.
Multi Regional
95
points
Campbell Mattinson
The stewed plums, the fresh boysenberry, the hint of leather, the general downplay of oak. It sits there, comfortable in its own skin, pretty much immune to the traffic of time. Move past the aromas with this release though and we see a fair bit if grunt; some meaty characters, a deep set of plums, almost a ferrous character, certainly peppercorns, florals. There’s a ramp of tannin here slightly outside the St Henri norm; it gives the wine a wee bit of strut. Just a wee bit. But we are certainly in excellent territory here.

Drink : 2021 - 2031+
95
points
Andrew Caillard MW
Deep crimson. Lovely intense and fragrant wine with blackberry, cassis, graphite, chinotto herb garden aromas. Sinuous palate with deep blackberry, cassis fruits, fine looseknit chalky yet vigorous tannins, and beautiful waxy polish roasted walnut complexity. Finishes grainy firm with lovely fruit persistency and mineral length. A very fine St Henri with lovely concentration, sweet fruitiness and drive. Should develop more interest and character with time. Leave it for a while.

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