Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz
Region: South Australia
Variety: Red Wine
At once Penfolds, at once and reassuringly an authentic, warmingly ‘old-style’ St Henri. Penfolds St Henri Shiraz shows a radiant ‘redness’ – an orb of red-currants, red liquorice and rhubarb. Earthy, gamey – cured meats, glazed ham, cold pan juices…scents charmingly emitted. Solid. Aromatics conveyed/shared to palate – juniper, cinnamon, nutmeg, dry herbs. White milk chocolate, mocha and praline St Henri markers tussled to the fore. Integrated, fine and delicate tannins certainly not intimidated by any brash oak.Shiraz wine refers to the wine historically produced around the city of Shiraz in Iran. These wines were white and existed in two different styles: dry wines for drinking young, and sweet wines meant for aging. The latter wines were compared to "an old sherry" (one of the most prized European wines of the day), and at five years of age were said to have a fine bouquet and nutty flavour. The dry white Shiraz wines (but not the sweet ones) were fermented with significant stem contact, which should have made these wines rather phenolic, i.e., rich in tannins. Shiraz wine and the city of Shiraz are not connected with the modern-day red grape variety "Shiraz", a homonym used in Australia and some other countries for the grape variety Syrah, which apparently originates from northern Rhône valley in France.