Penfolds St Henri Shiraz 2008, South Australia

2013-04-21 14.44.00

Matured for 12 months in old, 1460-litre vats so expect an fruit-driven wine with minimal oak tannins. A small proportion of Cabernet is sometimes used to improve structure, and for the 2008 vintage there is 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. A blend of fruit from Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek and Adelaide Hills. Sure there was the heatwave in 2008, but fruit for the St Henri was picked before the sun shone too hotly. Intense inky purple colour, this wine needs an extended period of decanting if you wish to drink it now, ~8 hours. Youthful dense aromas, complex mix of florals, black cherry compote, blackcurrent liqour, an edgy hint of hot crushed gravel. Dry, full-bodied wine, plenty of young savory tannins which will need a good decade to resolve. High acidity, the alcohol is 14.5% which suits the robust structure of this wine. Blackberry jam and cherry tart flavours are tight and compact almost to a point of impairing your tastebuds. Most signs point towards it developly nicely to unveil a more complex and accessible flavour profile. Cellar for 7-10 years, drink 2020 – 2030+. 93-94/100.

*Bought by Poh, shared with Poh =)

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I am a neuroscience researcher in Melbourne, Australia with a keen interest in wines of the world.
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