Dark and almost inky nose with a medium(+) intensity. Really heavy on the fruit - black plum, cassis, blackberry sauce, dark cherry, cedar, cigar, warm soil, spice box, oak and a hint of vanilla.
Full bodied with smooth, medium(+) tannins and medium acidity. Medium(+) intensity with almost sweet black fruit, leather, oak and vanilla.
Well-crafted but all this fruit makes the wine uninteresting and a bit one-dimensional. Sure, the quality is really high but it doesn't get me excited. Still on the young side and will benefit from further aging.
Decanted an hour in advance. There was a lot of sediment to leave behind. Dark and purple in appearance; an intriguing nose; very blackcurranty, velvety, with good length; powerful and complex. Seems ready to drink now. Very good.
Wanted to try even though it is definitely too young for a St Henri. Decanted for half a day. Crimson purple in colour with lots of dark berries but well balanced with dark chocolate and licorice and vanilla oak aromas. The palate's exactly the same as the nose with nice silky lingering tanins and some spice in the end. Long after taste and have potential to further evolve and develop. Extremely happy with the bottle given the young age
Sitting down to Christmas Eve Tortiere when I pass this bottle around. First sip, Boom! Clap! You make me feel good... (Charli XCX). I didn't need a horizontal tasting to know this was a standout. Perfect with the French Canadian meat pie, the season, and good company.
Just out of the bottle the overwhelming sensation was of "heat" (alcohol) but by the second day this had moderated considerably allowing nice black fruit to come through along with moderate tannins and long pleasant finish. Worth the price if you give it time and air to open up.
Just a superb Shiraz in the Penfold's tradition. Been 2 years since my last one and it has continued to improve. Decanted for 2 hours and it was singing at that point. Vibrant nose of cherries and berries with a long finish. Velvet in the mouth. Great with a ribeye steak. Id you like Shiraz and you like Penfolds you will love this wine. Many years left for this wine.
Nose of blueberry liquor & compote. Heavy body with flabby acidity. High, dry tannins. Flavors of blueberry, boysenberry, raw chocolate with dried raisins on long finish. Fruit is subdued & closed down. Medicinal, port-like. Could be in funky drink stage.
Screw cap. Initially was a bit closed, especially on the finish. Needs at least 3 hours of air; but was even better on the second day. Once it had opened up, it was a great wine. Seems not as opulent as a 2008 I recall, but has good structure and I expect has a long life ahead. Very nice dark cherry and berry flavours with hints of spice. Somewhat new-worldish in style but not marred by new oak. A wine to savour.
En carafe pour 1 heure! Un nez sur les cerises et les framboises avec un peu de bleuets et une touche animale! En bouche, passablement rond et velouté, fruits rouges et moka. Long et un peu sucré en finale. Bien fait dans le style!
This is not my style of wine - old style Shiraz aged in big, old oak barrels. This wine was intensely flavoured but lacked complexity and no real oak flavour (which is the style). It had a long length, good tannins, fully ripened and an abundance of dark and red fruits. It was worthwhile drinking but I won't buy it.
Loved this wine! Very interesting nose, a little sweet and floral, with some graphite in the background. Crushed and concentrated blackcurrent combined with a lovely blueberry flavour on the palate. Smooth and well balanced tannins. Long finish.
excellent wine with huge potential. i like the addition off small amounts of cab sav with australian shiraz (a la penfolds grange). brings a touch of elegance to these fruit bombs. this will certainly improve and i wont touch another for a few years
Screw cap. Opens well. Light body, lively, great start for St Henri. Best of the '01 or '04 vintages, and the youngest. One hour after decanting still light with less alcohol to taste than the previous two vintages, and neither as flat. At six years of age, drinking very well. Is the screw cap the difference, the better vintage or the start of a great drinking window?
Very nice wine, but I'm going to hold my other bottles for at least another 2-4 years. Deep, deep purple color. Dark berries on the nose, with time I was able to pick out blackberries and currants but it was still pretty dense. Lots of ripe, concentrated fruit upfront. Full-bodied with some grippy/gritty tannins. Nice finish with just a bit of sweetness and acidity. Picked up some indistinct spices here and there but not as much as I'd expected. It's drinking well right now, especially with food, but the individual components aren't quite working in complete harmony at this point. Once everything comes together, I expect this to be outstanding (well, more outstanding).
St Henri is one of my favorite Penfolds wines. Decanted for 90 minutes. Nice nose of cherry and berries, unmistakable Penfolds Shiraz mouth feel & taste. Long velvety finish that lingers on the palate. I can taste some RWT and Grange in there or maybe my mind / taste buds are playing games with me. Very nice Shiraz for the $40 per bottle (case price) I got at Central Avenue wines in NJ. If you like Shiraz and you like Penfolds you will love this wine. If you can, let it sit for at least another year and I suggest a 90 to 120 minute decant. Enjoy !
Drank at Cecconi's in HK. This is deep purple with a rim that's still ruby. The nose was dense and not very revealing at first but with lots of swirling we got black cherry, leather and eventually blackberry. Lots of sweet spice and although this doesn't see new oak we noticed some vanilla as well. This is quite acidic and with wonderful fine tannins that coat the mouth. It opened up a bit in the carafe but to be honest we finished it quite quickly. This is full-bodied and the finish is long. Obviously, this needs a few more years for the chemistry to do its thing but we did enjoy this today. Even happier knowing we've laid some down.
From 375ml. Can't say I've ever experienced this much bottle variation. Shy nose. Shut down palate with high acidity for a Aussie Shiraz, nice fruit underneath but hidden by the acidity and structure. Not giving much tonight. First bottle was much more open and expressive. No obvious flaw. Open with caution.
From 375ml, cork. Popped and poured and consumed over 2hrs. A delightful shiraz, given its restrained style. Mocha and spice on the nose with a touch of white pepper and back currants. Palate has layer of dark concentrated fruit, but a light acidity and plenty of grip on the back end. Dark fruit profile--currants and plum and blackberry. Lengthy fruit filled finish with mocha, tar, and oak spice. Very well put together, maybe I shouldn't avoid all Aussie shiraz? Has a little of the pepper of cool climate Cali syrah but the smooth velvety mouthfeel of Aussie shiraz, though something about the fruit flavor profile definitely says Australia to me. Should improve with 5+yrs.
I scored a six-pack of this on the Internet for $30/bottle and usually I would age these but decided to pop one at this early stage. Well pop is not the right word as I was surprised this batch had a screw top. The other 2006 St Henri I had in my cellar had a cork so I find it interesting the Penfold's went with a screw top in a wine known for its ageablity. Anyway dark purple core typical of shiraz and this was full wine that was all about the fruit, which is what makes this wine interesting is the lack of oak treatment. A dark boysenberry flavor coats the tongue and the tannins were surprisingly mellow for such a young wine. Another taster mentioned meaty and that is a good word to describe this wine.
(Decanter Fine Wine Encounter) This is a blend of 90% Shiraz and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep red color, dense and fresh nose. Full mouth, fruity, nice acidity, a bit too alcoholic, firm tannins, medium to long aftertaste
I continue to really enjoy this wine. What tremendous value compared to the Grange or even the RWT. No new oak used so clean fruit and secondaries, with tertiaries just starting to emerge. This particular vintage is fabulous - one to lay down.
2010 Penfolds Tasting (Liner and Elsen, Portland OR): Spicy blackberries show on the nose here. They're blended with nutmeg and cinnamon, but the fruit shows a lot of depth as well. Blackberries touch down early and they get big while taking on a smoky character. Tannins evolve slowly to grip up on the finish with full acidity helping things out. The blackberries are full and complex, and they work well with the structure. 89+ now, and I'm pretty confident that it will get even better with some age on it.
A bit hot on the nose and in the mouth, but very plush with clean blackberry fruit. Not really my style at this point, but will probably be great in 10 years, and I can certainly appreciate the quality.