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Penfolds St. Henri Shiraz Australia 94rr/95awc 2007

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"A seriously impressive wine, the 2007 Penfolds Shiraz St. Henri, 100% Shiraz that‟s matured in 50+ year old, larger format vats (no new oak or smaller barrel at all) for 12 months, delivers a deep, layered profile with thick plum and currant fruits, meat juice, licorice, roast coffee, and smoky, savory notes that come out more with air. Medium to full bodied on the palate and beautifully balanced, with a rich, seamless, and full texture, rock solid balance, and ripe, finely polished tannin that carries the finish. There‟s real depth and length here, and while there more than enough fruit to allow it to drink superbly now, it has the structure to keep it evolving positively for 12-15+ years...94" RR 6/11 "The colour is bright and deep, the bouquet with black fruits, some meaty aromas and potent spice and licorice components. In the mouth, the flavours are overwhelmingly of black fruits, with echoes of the spice and licorice of the bouquet, and a hint of tobacco. The ripe, but fine, tannins attest to the skills of the winemaking team...95" Australian Wine Companion 08/11

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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

External Reviews for Penfolds St. Henri Shiraz Australia 94rr/95awc

External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
07/06/2011

Pre-Arrival Item - Will Ship Mid-May - Penfolds St Henri Shiraz is a highly successful and alternative expression of Shiraz and an intriguing counterpoint to Grange. It is a perfumed, stylish, supremely elegant wine, with features so striking they need no enhancement or highlighting with oak. This fruit driven Shiraz is propelled by skin and seed tannins alone.


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

Traditional multi-regional blend sourced from seven districts in South Australia. Opaque in color with a magenta-hued robe. An elegant nose of spice and dark pepper slowly open to reveal notes of black cherry and milk chocolate. This vintage of St. Henri is almost Bordeaux-like in its presence with a lovely compact profile emphasizing fresh dark cherry flavors that are reined in by fresh acidity. The tight and focused finish is supported by a small amount of slightly gravelly tannins. 2007 is one of South Australia s most difficult vintages for this decade and this successful release shows the typicity of the vintage with a compact focused palate. Tasted in magnum. Chuck Hayward.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/01/2011

Traditional, multi-regional blend sourced from seven districts in South Australia. Opaque in color with a magenta-hued robe. An elegant nose of spice and dark pepper slowly open to reveal notes of black cherry and milk chocolate. This vintage of St. ... Chuck Hayward. A Syrah wine from South Australia in Australia. 2007 Penfolds Shiraz St Henri 750ml


External Review
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.



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"A seriously impressive wine, the 2007 Penfolds Shiraz St. Henri, 100% Shiraz that‟s matured in 50+ year old, larger format vats (no new oak or smaller barrel at all) for 12 months, delivers a deep, layered profile with thick plum and currant fruits, meat juice, licorice, roast coffee, and smoky, savory notes that come out more with air. Medium to full bodied on the palate and beautifully balanced, with a rich, seamless, and full texture, rock solid balance, and ripe, finely polished tannin that carries the finish. There‟s real depth and length here, and while there more than enough fruit to allow it to drink superbly now, it has the structure to keep it evolving positively for 12-15+ years...94" RR 6/11 "The colour is bright and deep, the bouquet with black fruits, some meaty aromas and potent spice and licorice components. In the mouth, the flavours are overwhelmingly of black fruits, with echoes of the spice and licorice of the bouquet, and a hint of tobacco. The ripe, but fine, tannins attest to the skills of the winemaking team...95" Australian Wine Companion 08/11

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