Deep inky blood-red in colour. The veil long clasped by St Henri is aromatically lifted, revealing flinty pencil and cordite notes along with black olive - mustardy spiced wild rocket, haloumi. Scents of a Greek flat-leaf parsley salad, eggplant, capers. Freshly sliced fig and cut-rhubarb laced with cinnamon, cola spice, Chinotto, dusted nuts. The palate brings fruits (white plum, fresh fig and quandong) and charcuterie savouries abound. Fresh vibrant acidity abetted by the cut-rhubarb noted aromatically above, and liquorice root. Toasted pumpkin seed flavours on a dry finish.
Penfolds St Henri Shiraz
for the equivalent of £74.55 a bottle
CASE OF 3 BOTTLES
Grape Variety: Shiraz
Style: Savoury and Fruity
Appellation: Barossa Valley / McLaren Vale / Port Lincoln / Robe / Padthaway / Clare Valley / Adelaide Hills
Alcohol: 14.5% ABV
Bottle Size: 75cl
3 in stock
Penfolds was founded by a young English doctor who migrated to one of his country's most distant colonies over a century and a half ago. Dr Christopher Rawson Penfold was born in 1811, the youngest of 11 children. He studied medicine at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, graduating in 1838. In 1844 Dr Penfold and his wife Mary purchased the Mackgill estate, “comprising 500 acres of the choicest land.” By all accounts it was Mary Penfold who was responsible for the management and early winemaking responsibilities of the fledgling wine estate. Initially the wines - made from Grenache – were prescribed as tonic wines for anaemic patients and the famous Penfolds slogan ‘1844 to evermore’ harks back to its origins as a prescribed tonic. Penfolds and Co. – the newly formed partnership of Mary Penfold and her son-in-law Thomas Hyland and her cellar manager Joseph Gillard – now claimed to be producing over one-third of South Australia’s wine. Three distinct styles have underpinned the Penfolds winemaking philosophy: single vineyard or single block, single region or sub-region, and multi-region or multi-varietal blending. Penfolds single vineyard and single block wines are celebrated for their unique terroir and sense of place.