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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。
Now - 2044. Drinking well now, but will improve with time.
Lifted, racy. Rhône-ish at first, South Australian upon sitting.
Bountiful aromatics ascend – initially redcurrant, cranberry, Christmas cake mix, and then the liberation of citrus (lime peel), fennel and olive.
Middle Eastern spices also present – sweet, not savoury (incl. cinnamon, nutmeg). And, not unexpected, something not present - oak!
Svelte. Nevertheless, propels assertive tannins that build – sheeted/layered in configuration.
To please all tastes - the sweet – zabaglione, custard, raw chocolate (cocoa); and the savoury – (bone) marrow, star anise.
Lingers, and certainly leaves a most appealing ‘residual’ impression for quite some time after ingestion.
Origin: Multi-regional blend, South Australia. Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills, Southern Fleurieu, Wrattonbully and McLaren Vale.
Maturation: 12 months in 50 + y.o. large oak vats.
Variety: 96% Shiraz, 4% Cabernet.
Above-average winter and early spring rainfall offered the vines in South Australia healthy soil moisture profiles for the growing season. Late spring and summer were dry and warm with significant heat records being set. Warm weather prevailed during summer and throughout veraison, allowing grapes to develop evenly and with good intensity.
The warm conditions came to an abrupt halt in mid-February with significant rainfall that allowed for a long and slow ripening of the fruit in very good conditions. This ensured balanced flavour development, fruit exhibiting a brightness endowed with crisp acid retention and impressive fruit quality.
First vintaged in 1953. Released for the first time by Penfolds in the early 1950s (first commercial vintage 1957), it gained a new lease of life in the 1990s as its quality and distinctive style became better understood.
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