2007 Penfolds Shiraz St Henri
Syrah - 750ML
  • JH 95
  • WA 93
  • IWC 93
  • WF 92

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Reg: $64.99

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JH 95
James Halliday, August 2011
The colour is bright and deep the bouquet with black fruits some meaty aromas and potent spice and licorice components. In the mouth the flavours are overwhelmingly of black fruits with echoes of the spice and licorice of... The colour is bright and deep the bouquet with black fruits some meaty aromas and potent spice and licorice components. In the mouth the flavours are overwhelmingly of black fruits with echoes of the spice and licorice of the bouquet and a hint of tobacco. The ripe but fine tannins attest to the skills of the winemaking team.
WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2012
Very deep garnet-purple colored the 2007 St Henri Shiraz is a little closed at this stage revealing subtle earthy notes over crushed blackberries pencil lead toast game smoky bacon and tree bark. Medium bodied elegantly... Very deep garnet-purple colored the 2007 St Henri Shiraz is a little closed at this stage revealing subtle earthy notes over crushed blackberries pencil lead toast game smoky bacon and tree bark. Medium bodied elegantly fruited and still very tight-knit the palate offers beautiful purity structured with firm chewy tannins and very crisp acid that should see it through a long life. Consider drinking it 2013 to 2022+.
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, October 2011
Opaque ruby. Rich cherry and dark berry compote aromas are complicated by dried rose and smoky Indian spices. Dark fruit flavors display impressive concentration and an almost oily texture but are in no way heavy. ... Opaque ruby. Rich cherry and dark berry compote aromas are complicated by dried rose and smoky Indian spices. Dark fruit flavors display impressive concentration and an almost oily texture but are in no way heavy. Becomes chewier on the finish which emphatically echoes the dark fruit flavors and leaves behind notes of candied licorice and bitter chocolate. This bottling has an admirable track record for aging.
WF 92
Wine Front, May 2011
This 2007 St Henri Shiraz is made using grapes grown in so many different wine regions that there are almost too many to mention but (deep breath) here goes: Robe McLaren Vale Langhorne Creek Padthaway Barossa Valley... This 2007 St Henri Shiraz is made using grapes grown in so many different wine regions that there are almost too many to mention but (deep breath) here goes: Robe McLaren Vale Langhorne Creek Padthaway Barossa Valley Coonawarra and the Adelaide Hills. The wine was matured for 12 months in 50-year-old seasoned wine vats. It's 100 percent shiraz this year too.I always say it: St Henri can be such a difficult wine to rate as a youngster. I recall not liking the 1999 on release; in time it made a fool of me. This release feels loose-knit and stewy. It seems like the result of a difficult year. That said it smells beautifully of violets plums blueberries and spice. Its perfume is rather enchanting. What impresses most about this wine though is its length; it swirls out through the finish trailing big ribbons of tannin. It's medium-weight at most but that finish gets me over the line. Yes once again I think this St Henri has a significant future ahead of it. Though it's only the wine's persistence and its enchanting aromatics that make me think it - those stewy elements are less endearing. --Campbell Mattinson
JJB 90
JJ Buckley, May 2011
Traditional multi-regional blend sourced from seven districts in South Australia. Opaque in color with a magenta-hued robe. An elegant nose of spice and dark pepper slowly open to reveal notes of black cherry and milk... Traditional multi-regional blend sourced from seven districts in South Australia. Opaque in color with a magenta-hued robe. An elegant nose of spice and dark pepper slowly open to reveal notes of black cherry and milk chocolate. This vintage of St. Henri is almost Bordeaux-like in its presence with a lovely compact profile emphasizing fresh dark cherry flavors that are reined in by fresh acidity. The tight and focused finish is supported by a small amount of slightly gravelly tannins. 2007 is one of South Australia's most difficult vintages for this decade and this successful release shows the typicity of the vintage with a compact focused palate. Tasted in magnum.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country Australia
Region South Australia
Vintage 2007

Label

Penfolds St Henri is a time-honored and alternative expression of Shiraz, and an intriguing counterpoint to Grange. It is unusual among high quality Australian red wines as it does not rely on any new oak.

Released for the first time by Penfolds in the early 1950s (first commercial vintage 1957), it gained a new lease on life in the 1990s as its quality and distinctive style became better understood.

St Henri is rich and plush when young, gaining soft, earthy, mocha-like characters as it ages. It is matured in old, 1,460 liter 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.

Winery

Penfolds

Penfolds is an iconic Australian wine producer established in 1844 when Dr. Christopher Rawson Penfold and his family arrived from England and paid the princely sum of £1,200 for 500 acres of the best land in Magill. He planted French vine cuttings with the intention of producing his own “medicinal tonic” wine.

When he passed away, his wife Mary assumed responsibility for the 60 acres of vines in The Grange Vineyard, which was then producing several varieties. She managed the estate for 25 years, passing it on to her daughter Georgina and son-in-law Thomas Hyland when she retired. The Penfold family continued to operate the business very successfully and retained a controlling interest after the company became public.

Penfolds now has an extensive portfolio that includes the ‘House Style’ collection, numbered-bin releases, special bins, and fortifieds among others. It has played a pivotal role in the evolution of winemaking in Australia and across the world.

Penfolds has earned numerous accolades for its flagship and most iconic wine, Grange, the creation of former Chief Winemaker Max Schubert who aimed to match the finest, aged Bordeaux wines. Initially rejected by Penfolds management, the experiment was kept secret and barrels of wines were hidden behind a fake wall in the tunnels at Magill Estate. With bottle age development, a second tasting was greeted with enthusiasm and production was restarted.

Penfolds vineyards are located primarily in South Australia on prime land throughout the state’s most esteemed viticultural regions. Throughout its history, Penfolds has owned and leased vineyards in addition to sourcing grapes from independent growers. Its grapes are sourced from more than 220 vineyards and grape growers across Australia. This strategy reflects the tradition of multi-vineyard and multi-regional sourcing, first introduced in the 1860s by Mary Penfold, and allows for a consistency of style and quality across vintages, something Penfolds is renowned for.