(2009 Vintage) Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2009 St Henri Shiraz is slated for release on May 1, 2013. It is a little closed at the moment though reveals earthy aromas of warm berries, some mulberries and Chinese dried plums over notes of meat, black olive, coffee and tree bark. Richly concentrated and complex with layered, savory flavors, it is structured by firm, grainy tannins and is finishing long.
The color is a deep dark red. On the nose, the wine shows fragrant scents of praline and dark chocolate immediately conveyed, followed by blackberry, powdered violet & lavender (talc). Beneath, fresh green tobacco and lively spices, cold meats / pan juices fuse together. The result: a youthful, benchmark St Henri aromatic package. The entry on the mouth shows a medium-bodied and relatively 'elegant' feel. A palate stand-off / divide - Kirsch and dark fruits versus pomegranate / cranberry & dessicated Chinese plums. Cold meat flavours - corned beef or poached silverside? Powdery savoury tannins... Polished. Serve with pork, cauliflower cream, confit turnip, morcilla, fennel seed and spiced quince puree.
berries, plum and, low tannins. Long,long, long on the palate. Delicious.
Wine Spectator(2009 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 06/12/2013
Wine Spectator(2002 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 09/30/06
Wine Advocate(2002 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 167 on Oct-06
Wine & Spirits(2002 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine on 02/07
International Wine Cellar(2002 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar on Jul-06