St Henri is rich and plush when young, gaining soft, earthy, mocha-like characters as it ages. It is matured in old, 1460-litre vats that allow the wine to develop, imparting minimal, if any oak character. Although a small proportion of Cabernet is sometimes used to improve structure, the focal point for St Henri remains Shiraz.
"Henri achieves its finesse and integration through aging in old, 1,460-liter oak vats, where the wine develops structure without taking on overt wood notes. That structure is furthered by a small amount of cabernet (nine percent of the blend in 2008). The wine layers red raspberry with darker fruit and black, earthen tannins, creating a tailored impression of elegance. Accessible now after some time in a decanter, this is built to drink around ten years from the vintage and to age significantly longer."
Wine & Spirits
"Saturated ruby. Deeply pitched dark berry and cherry aromas are complemented by notes of cola, licorice and mocha, with a vanilla undertone. Plush and expansive, offering sweet blackcurrant and cherry-vanilla flavors that become smokier and spicier with air. Closes with impressive power, gentle tannic grip and sweet persistence."
International Wine Cellar
"Crisp in texture, with peppery flavors and crunchy tannins around a core of dark berry and licorice flavors. Finishes with intensity."