2010 Penfolds "St. Henri" Shiraz South Australia
A rare vintage of only shiraz in this wine, the sourcing is Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Wrattonbully and Clare Valley. A very handy vintage of this classically styled Penfolds red. Bright hearty fruit dominates amid earth, tar and dark nutty elements; boot polish too, really deep. The palate has seamless flow and build with immense concentration at play. Dark liquorice, blackberry and plum are swathed in deeply ripe, smooth but strong tannins. The finish holds and holds, with dark plum here too. Having terrific length and depth, this will go down as one of the greatest ever St. Henri releases.
Arguably the most anticipated Penfolds release of '14, this is a standout St Henri of the modern era. The gentle touch of maturation in large, old vats propels the purity and definition of a benchmark vintage. It's elegant and effortless, framing impeccable fruit in finely honed tannins; a Shiraz of space, grace, and enduring longevity.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Very deep purple-black in color and showing an attractive nose of warm blackcurrants, blueberries and licorice with a complex undercurrent of mocha, cedar, menthol and grilled meat, the full-bodied 2010 St Henri Shiraz is relatively rich in the mouth, offering tons of fruit structured by firm, fine tannins and refreshing acid. It finishes with great persistence. Drink it 2015 to 2030+. (LPB)
This dense, richly textured wine packs in a ton of cassis and blackberry fruit. Yet the tannins are firm, the acids crisp. Because this wine is matured in old, large oak vats—and hence exposed to less oxygen than it would if matured in small barrels—it often needs considerable time in the bottle to come around. Drink 2016–2025+.
Focused, expressive and complex, this energetic version offers a fleshy mouthful of blueberry, fresh currant and plum flavors, shaded with spice and loamy earth notes, lingering effortlessly on the long finish. This has the goods to age gracefully for decades. Best from 2016 through 2030.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Opaque ruby. Pungent, spice-tinged dark berry liqueur and cherry-vanilla scents unwind slowly while retaining very good focus. Offers palate-staining black and blue fruit flavors complicated by suggestions of mocha and lavender pastilles, with a hint of cracked pepper emerging on the back half. Closes on a smoky note, with mounting tannins and a whiplash of juicy, gently sweet dark berry preserves.
Wine & Spirits
In the succulent, juicy mode of the 2010 vintage, this is a fat St. Henri with the gentle earthiness that comes from aging in large, old wooden vats. Everything about the wine is smooth, from the fresh sour cherry flavor to the rose-like perfume in the tannins, which feel substantive and powerful, and completely integrated. This should age well for decades.
'Demands silence', says Gago (at last, I thought). Delicate and fine aroma, blueberry, mulberry and sweet spice but peppery red fruited too. Juicy core enfolded by dry firm tannins, savoury and juicy. Very distinctive. No new oak. 'A continnuum of flavour' says Gago, who thinks it will rival the 1990 and the 1971. Effortless concentration. There's a savoury and chocolate finish. And smoky spice. Powerful but refined. All fruit-derived tannins. Fabulous fruit. 18/20 points. (JH)