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Penfolds Shiraz St. Henri 2013
Australia >South Australia >South Australia
(RP=97) This 2013 Shiraz St Henri follows in the blockbuster footsteps of the 2010 and 2012. The blend is 96% Shiraz with 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and the fruit sources are far and wide, including a real mix of terroirs: McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Padthaway and Port Lincoln. It spent 12 months in 50+-year-old casks. Deep garnet-purple colored, the youthfully reticent nose is complex, offering loam, aged meat, licorice, tar, scorched earth, fenugreek and cloves over a cherry cordial, blueberry pie and dried mulberries core. The medium to full-bodied palate reveals lovely, understated elegance and depth with a firm backbone of ripe, grainy tannins and many fruit and spice layers emerging on the finish. This is one for the long-long haul and, at a fraction of the price of Grange, should be where the smart money goes for stocking the cellar. (JS=96) This is a very tidy and neatly framed edition of St. Henri, offering a sense of elegance married with deep-set concentration and rich fruit flavors. Redder fruits do run through to blackberries and various shades of cherries, and there's also a savory, dark and brooding edge. The palate has super-deep, rich and balanced style to it, making this one of the most complete wines in the collection. A plethora of dark berries, dark plums and ginger biscuits come to the fore as this closes off. What a delicious long, deep and slate-like finish. Balanced enough to broach now, but this will hit a magic drinking window from 2025 through to 2035 — or perhaps even further afield. 96% shiraz and just 4% cabernet sourced from McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Padthaway and Port Lincoln. (WS=93) Offers a mouthful of bright and juicy black cherry and raspberry flavors that are generous and supple, articulated by touches of clove, matcha green tea and bergamot. Velvety tannins gain traction on the finish. Drink now through 2030.
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