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.
COLOUR: Cherry red with a magenta rim. NOSE: Initially exudes giveaway St Henri cues—praline, fruit pastille, red licorice, violet… Yet there are other aromas linked to variety/vineyard(s)/vintage—initially, Shiraz spices incl. cinnamon, nutmeg. Then a spray of kirsch, campari, bitters, cranberry and radish. With air, time these combine and transform to create a wine that can only be Shiraz, that can only be Penfolds, that can only be… St Henri. PALATE: Compact and restrained. A medium-bodied wine, offering lightness/silkiness/softness/elegance… albeit in a relative sense, alongside its oaked-indulged Penfolds Shiraz siblings. Granular tannins and acidity contentedly usher an admirable textural demeanour across the front, middle and back-palate spectrum. Cold lamb and white chocolate flavours wrestle good-naturedly with fruits (sour cherry, raspberry and wild strawberry).
Wine SpectatorRating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 06/12/2013