The Penfolds St Henri style is a dramatic contrast to Grange. St Henri is pure, unadorned Shiraz, virtually alone among high quality Australian reds in that it has never relied on new oak.
It was created in the mid-1950s (first commercial vintage 1957) and gained a new lease on 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. Before bottling it is matured in old, 2000 litre vats that allow the wine to develop, but impart no oak character. A small proportion of Cabernet is used to improve structure, but the focal point for Penfolds St Henri is Shiraz, often comprising over 95% of the blend. Packaged in laser-etched bottles since the 1996 vintage.