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Penfolds St Henri Shiraz 2014

At the annual tasting of the Penfolds range – or the parts of the Penfolds range shown to the press – St Henri Shiraz is always served after the “bin” releases, and it always seems so profoundly different.

The stewed plums, the fresh boysenberry, the hint of leather, the general downplay of oak. It sits there, comfortable in its own skin, pretty much immune to the traffic of time. Move past the aromas with this release though and we see a fair bit if grunt; some meaty characters, a deep set of plums, almost a ferrous character, certainly peppercorns, florals. There’s a ramp of tannin here slightly outside the St Henri norm; it gives the wine a wee bit of strut. Just a wee bit. But we are certainly in excellent territory here.

Tasted : Oct17
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $125
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2021 - 2031+
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