Penfolds St Henri is a counterpoint to Penfolds Grange. St Henri is a highly successful, alternative expression of Shiraz. It is unusual among high quality Australian red wines as it does not rely on new oak.
It was created in the mid-1950s (first commercial vintage 1957) and gained a new lease of life in the 1990s as its quality and distinctive style became better understood. Penfolds St Henri is rich and plush when young and gains soft, earthy, mocha-like characters as it ages. It is matured in old, 1460-litre vats that allow the wine to develop, but impart no oak character. Although a small proportion of Cabernet is sometimes used to improve structure, the focal point for St Henri remains Shiraz. "A modern St Henri classic... one that defies the dictates pronounced by the year of vintage. But then again, that's very St Henri (aka 1974!). Robe delivers in another challenging year - a delightful offer encouraging a reliable sip from the glass rather than a misleading peek at the label!" - P.Gago, April 2011