Penfolds St Henri, Shiraz 2017




St Henri is a time-honoured and alternative expression of shiraz, and an intriguing counterpoint to Grange. It is unusual amongst high quality Australian red wines as it does not rely on any new oak, 12 months in 50+ year old vats so no oak flavour is given to the wine. Savoury notes first detected, yet quickly courted by generous cherry liqueur/chocolate aromas. Scents of cherry liqueur, chocolate aromas sit alongside a textbook dried herb, oregano, thyme, lavender. coffee and mocha flavours abound. Generous shiraz fruits, medium-bodied, with a great core and lovely framework.