Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Penfolds St. Henri Shiraz

Penfolds St. Henri Shiraz 2017

South Australia, AustraliaAlways one of the more inviting Penfolds reds, St Henri comes by its nature via older wood. In 2017 the 97/3 shiraz/cabernet sauvignon was harvested across Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, and Port Lincoln before spending a year in 2000 litre vats now over fifty years old. Unlike the warm 2018 growing season, 2017 was comparatively cool and long, playing into St Henri's strength of projecting a savoury, fruity style. The high acidity adds energy to the persistent, spicy red fruitcake, pomegranate, and dried beef notes, supplemented by a garrigue-like finish. Supple and polished, it is approachable now yet has all the hallmarks that will let it age effortlessly for a decade and beyond. Not your typical Australian shiraz, which is the story of St. Henri. A very fine effort and one of the best I have tasted. As drinkable as it is now, this will age into two decades with ease.Tasted: 29 September 2020Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 149.99 BCLS AB 149.99 select private retailers MB 149.99 Manitoba Liquor Mart ON 149.95 LCBO QC 120.00 SAQ NB 149.99 NBLiquor NS 149.99 NSLC NF 149.99 NLLC Producer: PenfoldsDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Grape: Shiraz/SyrahCSPC: 510875UPC: 012354071773