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圣亨利绝对是一款经得起时间考验的特殊设拉子，更是与葛兰许风格大相径庭的一款同等级葡萄酒。纵观 所有澳大利亚顶级设拉子，很少有一款如同圣亨利，没有接受过任何新橡木桶陈酿。圣亨利首发于 20 世纪 50 年 代（ 于 1957 年首次投入商业生产），然而这款佳酿重新得到世人再次的关注是在 20 世纪 90 年代。 值得骄傲的是，圣亨利的风格并没有受到世界流行风潮的影响。新酿时口感华丽丰腴，陈年后显示出柔和的 土壤、摩卡风味。与众不同的是，这款酒的陈年容器是 1460 升古老的巨型橡木桶，该种橡木桶为酒体增添 独有的矿物质风味。有些年份也许会看到少量赤霞珠的成分，以用来提升酒体结构，然而设拉子永远是这款 佳酿不变的主旋律。
Magenta. Purple core.
Instantly, a distillation of all that is St Henri. A heightened ethereal/subliminal fruit lift… hovering above, cleverly propelled by just the right amount of formics and V.A.
Black jelly-bean and star anise notes arise, augmented by fig paste, dried herbs and spice – cinnamon and thyme.
With air, scents of freshly-cured corned beef with a carpaccio-like freshness, replete with capers/vinegar/brine..
Youthful. Structurally expansive – large-framed/amply-dimensioned! St Henri aims to please - pickled beetroot for the vegetarians; gamey venison and the blackened
crust of roast beef for the carnivores.
Wild blackberry and a dark-fruited compote benevolently offer a generosity of fruit sweetness. An almost silky tarriness coupled with mouth-watering acidity create a texturally appealing and integrated mouthfeel. Voluptuous/Voluminous/ Velvety.
Origin: Multi-regional blend, South Australia. McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Padthaway, and Port Lincoln.
Maturation: 12 months in 50 + y.o. large oak vats.
Variety: 96% Shiraz, 4% Cabernet.
After a dry South Australian winter reminiscent of 2006, vines were in water deficit at the beginning of spring and became accustomed to dry conditions quite early. Early budburst was a consistent theme across all regions within South Australia. Spring started with cool temperatures in the south east. The Barossa Valley enjoyed some warmer days, dispersed throughout October and November. Whilst canopies were small to moderate, they were healthy and balanced and contributed to even veraison and consequent ripening.
Warmer temperatures were observed after the New Year and persisted throughout most of January, contributing to an early start to the 2013 harvest and a short, condensed vintage. Dry and warm conditions, coupled with lower than average yields in most regions resulted in Shiraz showing strong, structural tannins, wines of great intensity and intense flavour.
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