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Penfolds St. Henri Shiraztext

Penfolds St. Henri Shiraz 2020

South Australia, AustraliaSt. Henri was first made in 1957. It is always an alternative expression of Australian shiraz, made without using any new oak. It is no easy task, but after nearly 65 years, St. Henri has proven that using old wooden vats is possible, and it can produce a sublime version of Oz Shiraz in direct opposition to the likes of Grange and RWT. In 2020, the fruit hales from McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, and Clare Valley, a small part of which is cabernet sauvignon, supporting the structure without impacting its shiraz ethos. The fruit profile is exuberant and reserved all at once. Look for strawberries and candied Christmas cake with a plush, spicy, savoury underside that brings complexity to the mix. Long, supple, and as lush as you can imagine, this is a terrific bottle of St. Henri in what was a wet year. Drink or hold, either way, you win.Tasted: 06 August 2023Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices:
AB$149.99750mlselect private retailers
MB$149.99750mlManitoba Liquor Mart
US$150.00750mlestimated retail in select private wine shops
Producer: PenfoldsDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Grape: Shiraz/SyrahCSPC: 510875UPC: 012354071773