Friday, June 10, 2011

Wine Advocate’s Highest Rated Penfolds St Henri Ever

2006 Penfolds St Henri Shiraz
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Penfolds, the iconic Australian winery, considers their St Henri Shiraz to be the ‘alter-ego” of the Penfolds Grange label. Both wines are a blend of Shiraz with a little bit of Cabernet Sauvignon blended in. The difference, besides the vineyard sources, is that the St Henri is aged in old 1460-liter vats instead of the new oak aging for the Grange, preserving more pure Shiraz flavors in the wine.

In our eyes the Penfolds St Henri Shiraz represents the finest value of their premium tier bottlings. The 2006 may be their finest St Henri to date. The Wine Advocate’s 95+ point score for the 2006 vintage is the highest rating they have ever awarded to the Penfolds St Henri Shiraz.

A top bottling from a great producer! We’re offering the 2006 Penfolds St Henri Shiraz at a special price of $46.99 per bottle with Free Shipping on six or more bottles!

Wine Advocate 95+ Points-- Blended of 89% Shiraz and 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2006 St Henri Shiraz is a blend of 5 different South Australia sub-regions spanning from Robe to Clare Valley. Never seeing new oak, this vintage was aged 15 months in seasoned 1460 liter vats. Very deep garnet-purple colored, it has a purely fruited nose giving notes of intense cassis, crushed blackberries, some kirsch, black pepper, baking spices and cloves. Full, rich and concentrated, it’s still a bit taut with very crisp acid and firm finely textured tannins, giving a long berry laced finish. Consider drinking it from 2013 to 2025+

Wine Spectator 93 Points-- Supple and generous, delivering a plush mouthful of vibrant blueberry, plum and wet earth flavors that play against a distinct minerality. The vivid finish hints at tea leaf. Drink now through 2018.

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