Penfolds St. Henri Shiraz 2011 Front Label
Penfolds St. Henri Shiraz 2011 Front Label

Penfolds St. Henri Shiraz 2011

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The 2011 Penfolds St. Henri Shiraz is a deep plum red color. On the nose, charcuterie offerings arise – a myriad of cold meats, pan-juices/reductions. Red-curranted fruits morph into bluer expressions with air and time. There are also cooler-year varietal notes, including crushed pepper, cinnamon, and green olive. The wine offers an impressive linear structure - tightly bound, with significant length. Boysenberry and cranberry red fruits are at ease with green olive and green melon. Granular (Gravox-like) tannins, praline, nutmeg and other spices coax and unravel its St Henri textural tapestry. Shiraz, adorned differently!

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W&S 92
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The outlier in the Penfolds range, this is top-flight shiraz fruit aged in large-format, older oak. It’s a style developed by John Davoren in the 1950s, one that has proven its ageability in parallel to the more robust and powerfully structured Grange. This is one of the better 2011 shirazes we’ve come across from South Australia, a wine of exotic black fruit and sophisticated power. It layers blackberry, black cherry, fig and date flavors with the dark richness of a flourless chocolate cake. While it’s probably not the longest-lived St. Henri, this is well worth aging for a decade.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Made with fruit sourced from McLaren Vale, Barossa and Adelaide Hills and aged 12 months in large, old oak barrels, the deep garnet-purple colored 2011 St. Henri Shiraz puts forward quite a peppery, meaty and earthy nose enveloping a good core of fresh cassis, mulberries and warm plums plus a touch of cinnamon. A little earthy, lean and woody in the mouth and framed by medium levels of chewy tannin, it is still tight though finishes long.
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Penfolds has been producing remarkable wines since 1844 and indisputably led the development of Australian fine wine in the modern era. The introduction of Penfolds Grange in 1951 forever changed the landscape of Australian fine wine. Since then a series of stand-out wines both white and red have been released under the Penfolds masthead.

Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker and only the 4th custodian of Grange, relishes the opportunity to bring Penfolds to the world stage and is an enthusiastic ambassador and natural educator. Penfolds came to the attention of the US market when 1990 Grange was Wine Spectator’s ‘Wine of the Year’. Since then, Penfolds Grange has become one of the most collectable wines of the world and was honored to grace the front cover, once again, of Wine Spectator, with declarations of Grange as Australia’s Icon.

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Though Syrah originated in the Rhône Valley of France, Australia is home to the oldest Syrah (called Shiraz here) vines on the planet. Found in Australia’s Barossa Valley, where phylloxera has never threated viticulture, these ancient vines are between 140 to 175 years old!

Having brought fame and merit to the country’s wine scene since the early 1950s, namely via the debut of Penfolds Grange, today Syrah (Shiraz) claims rank as the most widely planted grape in Australia. In fact, the amount of land dedicated to Shiraz in Australia is now almost equivalent to what it is in France. Australian Shiraz has its own personality with flavors and aromas of intense blackberry, fruitcake, menthol, tobacco leaf and umami. Conveniently one can find great Australian Shiraz at a variety of price points but the very best will be dense, gloriously complex and capable of long aging.

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