Penfolds Shiraz St. Henri Australia Premier 2008

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Penfolds St Henri is a counterpoint to Penfolds Grange. St Henri is a highlysuccessful, alternative expression of Shiraz. It is unusual among high qualityAustralian red wines as it does not rely on new oak. It was created in themid-1950s (first commercial vintage 1957) and gained a new lease of life inthe 1990s as its quality and distinctive style became better understood.Penfolds St Henri is rich and plush when young and gains soft, earthy,mocha-like characters as it ages. It is matured in old, 1460-litre vats thatallow the wine to develop, but impart no oak character. A small proportion ofCabernet is often used to improve structure, but the focal point for PenfoldsSt Henri is Shiraz.

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  Tired of boring old wines from Australia? No? Then you can probably thank Penfolds Wines. Penfolds, founded in 1844 by Mary and Dr. Penfold (Mary gets top billing since she took care of most of the early management and winemaking responsibilities), has completely revolutionized not only its own product lines throughout the years, but also many wines in Australia as a whole. The wine ... Read more
  Tired of boring old wines from Australia? No? Then you can probably thank Penfolds Wines. Penfolds, founded in 1844 by Mary and Dr. Penfold (Mary gets top billing since she took care of most of the early management and winemaking responsibilities), has completely revolutionized not only its own product lines throughout the years, but also many wines in Australia as a whole. The wine produced by Penfolds was originally prescribed as tonic wines for anaemic patients, with the wine made from Grenache. By 1870, with 60 acres under vine, they were producing many more wines. In the 1920s and 1930s, Penfolds was known for its fortified wine, like many other wineries in the area. 1943 marked the start of a massive expansion for Penfolds Winery, with first the acquisition of Auldana Vineyard and its winery, and then the purchase of Kalimna Vineyard in 1945. By the end of the decade, they owned vineyards in McLaren Vale, Griffith, the Hunter Valley, and Minchinbury. Around the same time, winemaker Max Schubert returned from oversees with a completely new vision for the future of the winery. In the 50s, he started experimenting with the red wine he called Grange, which is a mix of primarily Shiraz and a little Cabernet Sauvignon, and by the 1960s the wine had spread across the Australian wine industry. Not wanting to stop with merely one of the most successful wine projects in the history of Australia, Penfolds Wines started the “White Grange” project in the 1990s, leading to the immensely popular and publicized release of the Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay. Peter Gago became their Chief Winemaker in 2002, and he, along with three winemakers in charge of red wine and one in charge of white, continue the tradition of experimentation and evolution. Read less

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07/05/2013

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External Review
Source: Vines Wine and Spirits
11/27/2012

Henri achieves its finesse and integration through aging in old, 1,460-liter oak vats, where the wine develops structure without taking on overt wood notes. That structure is furthered by a small amount of cabernet (nine percent of the blend in 2008). The


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/09/2012

A Syrah wine from South Australia in Australia. 2008 Penfolds Shiraz St Henri 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

Crisp in texture with peppery flavors and crunchy tannins around a core of dark berry and licorice flavors. Finishes with intensity. Best after 2015. -H.S. Wine Spectator.


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Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
11/12/2013

Aromen von Pralinen und Milchschokolade. Dieser Jahrgang erinnert an frisch gepresste Randen und Ingwer und getrocknete Gewürze wie Lorbeerblätter oder Salbei. Weich und saftig am Gaumen präsentiert der St. Henri eine kräftige Textur. Aromen von Nektarine und Pflaume zeigen sich neben reifen und runden Tanninen. Der St. Henri ist bereits im Reifestadium, obwohl noch viel Potential zur Entfaltung vorhanden ist. Lange und ausdauernd im Abgang.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/20/2012

Crisp in texture, with peppery flavors and crunchy tannins around a core of dark berry and licorice flavors. Finishes with intensity. Best after 2015. -H.S. Wine Spectator. A Syrah wine from South Australia in Australia. 2008 Penfolds Shiraz St Henri 750ml



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Penfolds St Henri is a counterpoint to Penfolds Grange. St Henri is a highlysuccessful, alternative expression of Shiraz. It is unusual among high qualityAustralian red wines as it does not rely on new oak. It was created in themid-1950s (first commercial vintage 1957) and gained a new lease of life inthe 1990s as its quality and distinctive style became better understood.Penfolds St Henri is rich and plush when young and gains soft, earthy,mocha-like characters as it ages. It is matured in old, 1460-litre vats thatallow the wine to develop, but impart no oak character. A small proportion ofCabernet is often used to improve structure, but the focal point for PenfoldsSt Henri is Shiraz.

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