2014 Penfolds Shiraz St. Henri

Year: 2014
Appellation: Barossa Valley, Langhorne Creek, Adelaide Hills
Country: Australia
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 94
James Suckling: 94
Wine Enthusiast: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :

"Savory and dark, with hints of hoisin sauce and mineral to the firm and juicy core of cherry and blackberry flavors. Tobacco and toasted herb notes linger on the finish, with dense tannins. Drink now through 2022. 410 cases imported. -MW " (WS)

"This bottle was opened in front of me and served without decanting. Containing 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and with a deep garnet-purple color, the 2014 Shiraz St Henriz has a relatively shy nose of black plums, black cherries and mulberries with nuances of underbrush, fruit cake and damp soil. The full-bodied palate has satisfying richness, with firm, rounded tannins supporting the earthy fruit layers, finishing with good depth and persistence." (WA)

"Barossa Valley is back to leading this wine. Plenty of baking spices and pepper for early appeal. Fruits are in the ripe blackberry, blueberry and dark raspberry zone. The palate rolls out riper than expected, a very round, rich and enveloping feel to this. Flavor of black tea and plum, tannins really drive ripe and deep. Drink 2020-2030." (JS)

"Impenetrable in color and very nearly in style too, this wine is a deep, dark well of cherry chocolate cake, cola, raspberry, and spice. Juicy plush fruit on the palate is balanced by powerful yet silky tannins and a savory finish. This full-bodied wine is in it for the long haul. Drink now–2042 " (WE)

Winery Notes:
Penfolds St Henri is a highly successful 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. It was created in the early 1950s (first commercial vintage 1957) and gained a new lease of life in the 1990s as its quality and distinctive style became better understood.

St Henri is rich and plush when young, gaining soft, earthy, mocha-like characters as it ages. It is matured in old, 1460-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.