Penfolds St Henri Shiraz 2015 Bottle and Gift Box





Taste Description

Deep magenta, foreboding core.

Instantly recognisable. First impression – Penfolds. Second – St Henri.
Wafts ascend akin to roasted meats – seared crust of venison, game meats.
Then a sprinkling of crushed kola nut, star anise, black liquorice, quince paste.
A further swirl or two unleashes more familial St Henri markers of dark chocolate ganache and a biscotti nuttiness.

Complete, no gaps – spills across the palate avec a coating of fine (emery paper) polished tannins – inducing a ‘St Henri silkiness’.
An assertive wedge of fruit – dark berried – boysenberry, loganberry, and blackberry – á la ‘Fruits of the Forest’.
Yet, there’s much more – certainly not only appealing fruit, friendly tannins and balance. Add: luminosity, buoyancy, vibrancy, harmony … quite the package!
Needs some time in bottle to unfurl, complex … ever so youthful, yet dangerously accessible. Patience.


96+ Points - Andrew Caillard MW

96 Points - Tony Love

19+  - Matthew Jukes

96 Points - Tony Love

96 Points - Huon Hooke

96 Points - Tyson Stelzer

94 Points - Anthony Rose, Decanter

93+ Points - Campbell Mattinson

93 Points - Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Winemaker Quotes

“We’d like to say: St Henri, 1895 – 2015: A style 120 years young! But, we don’t know for sure. Some records indicate the first St Henri may have been created as early as 1890!”

“St Henri: style conviction. Definition. Still a ‘Claret’ style, but not legally. Distractingly a 7% Cabernet inclusion reminds us of earlier times, and its earlier moniker.”

- Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker

産地: マクラーレン・ヴェイル、アデレード・ヒルズ、バロッサ・ヴァレー、クレア・ヴァレー、パザウェー、ポート・リンカーン。

熟成: 50年物の大きなオーク製の大樽で12か月

ブドウ品種: シラーズ 96%、カベルネ 4%。

Vintage Conditions

Rainfall in autumn and early winter were close to the long-term average in most of South Australia’s main growing regions. However, the rain stopped abruptly in early August with only a few light spring showers recorded. September through to March saw record low rainfall, stretching water supplies.

Warm and dry conditions during flowering and fruit-set resulted in rapid grapevine growth and early flowering. During early summer temperatures dropped below average with no major heat waves recorded. The harvest progressed rapidly, with most blocks of shiraz picked earlier than usual. Although the conditions resulted in lower than anticipated yields, the quality of fruit across the board was exceptional.