Penfolds St Henri 2010

Shiraz Barossa South Australia
Outstanding Langtons Classification. Notwithstanding it's stately ranking in the pantheon of enduring Penfold wines, St Henri is remarkably approachable upon release, it remains accessible to most red wine enthusiasts in terms of drinkability and pecuniary value. St Henri's style is essentially fruit forward, the time spent ageing in an ancient collection of oversize, well used 1460 litre oak vats softens the tannins without infusing the wine with any obvious oak character. An Australian classic to savour alongside roast rack with root vegetable and sea parsley.
John Davoren was sanctioned by Penfolds to formulate a superior dry red wine, at a time when the Australian market was primarily interested in Port. It was during the 1950s, when the legendary Max Schubert was concurrently working on his Grange project. The bean counters at Penfold had thoroughly repudiated the unjustifiable expense that Schubert had accumulated in his preference of ageing Shiraz under exclusively new oak. Davoren was briefed to complete the task within budget, his trials to achieve the consumate dry red, were eventually realized in 1960. Following fermentation, St Henri is matured twelve months in a collection of large oak vats which have served Penfolds for several decades. Alcohol 14.5%
Purple rim, black core. Blackness, black pudding, shoe polish and tanned leather, black liquorice, black olive and black jelly bean. Scents of liqueured cherry, saturated dark plum, beetroot and ristretto. A full bodied palate, rich and dark, concentrated and chewy, a complex kaleidoscopic of flavour, liqueured fruits, elderberry, wild raspberries and pomegranate, almonds and praline. Excellent length, a well of unbridled fine tannins.
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