Penfolds St Henri 2003

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Schmeckt nach Beerenfrüchten und zergeht auf der Zunge mit reichen Aromen. Die Tanninen sorgen für eine ausgewogene Struktur und leiten in einen lang anhaltenden Abgang mit einer Woge parfümierten, warmen Gewürzen und Beeren.

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Penfolds Wines:
  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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Snooth User: mparsons
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4.50 5
01/16/2009

If you can't afford a Penfold's Grange ... this is a nice alternative


Snooth User: Serg  Lyashenko
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4.50 5
12/20/2012

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Penfolds St Henri

External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Advocate ReviewRated 90The 2003 Shiraz "St. Henri" sees no new oak. It was aged for 14 months in large vats and represents the traditional style of winemaking before barriques came into vogue. It offers up meaty, savory aromas, leather, sage, blueberry, and blackberry. Smoothly textured, with excellent depth, it has enough structure to evolve for 4-6 years and will drink well through 2023.Wine Tasting NotesDeep crimson with a dark core. The nose, showing no signs of oak, is altogether different to its Shiraz partners: Grange, RWT, and Magill Estate. Chocolate and mocha aromas are woven with Christmas pudding spices, cinnamon/nutmeg and fig and prune. The primary notes of stewed, dark berry fruits are counter-balanced by secondary notes of demi-glace and roasting pan juices. The palate is seamless with St. Henris trademark, glossy and silky mouthfeel. Wild raspberry and loganberry fruits align with finessed tannins and a refreshing acidity to aid palate tightness, inducing a continuum through (not across) the mid-palate. 2003 is a solid St. Henri release and a great example of this wine in a challenging vintage - reaffirming its 50+ year-old credentials through thick and thin!


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Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
04/21/2010

Schmeckt nach Beerenfrüchten und zergeht auf der Zunge mit reichen Aromen. Die Tanninen sorgen für eine ausgewogene Struktur und leiten in einen lang anhaltenden Abgang mit einer Woge parfümierten, warmen Gewürzen und Beeren.



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Schmeckt nach Beerenfrüchten und zergeht auf der Zunge mit reichen Aromen. Die Tanninen sorgen für eine ausgewogene Struktur und leiten in einen lang anhaltenden Abgang mit einer Woge parfümierten, warmen Gewürzen und Beeren.

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