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1 April 2010

2006 Penfolds St Henri Shiraz

Tony Stelzer,

Vintage: 2006
Price: $90
Points: 94
Alcohol: 14.5%
Region: Barossa, McLaren Vale, Robe
Tasted: March 2010
Closure: Screw Cap
Celebrating his fiftieth birthday this year (fifty commercial releases), Monsieur Henri is a dignified chap and he’s not putting on much of a show to mark the occasion. That’s him in the corner, as restrained and reserved as ever, comfortable to sit back while the rest of the family flaunt their showy new oak and glitzy fruit. “I have a soft spot for the ’02 and ’04 St Henris,” Peter Gago admits, “but the ’06 is less up front and less flamboyant.” And it’s none the less for it. This is a St Henri that simply needs a good deal of time for its black fruits to unravel. There’s a little more Cabernet in the recipe than usual, as well as a little more deep black fruit from Robe (great crayfishing spot near Coonawarra). There’s no question that it will go the distance, thanks to finely textured tannins, lively acid profile and persistent fruit. Leave it a good decade before you waltz up and introduce yourself.

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