Penfolds St Henri Shiraz 2013
St Henri is loved by generations of wine collectors, providing an time-honoured expression of shiraz. A rich and plush wine when young, gaining soft, arthy, mocha-like characters as it ages.
The nose is full of blackberry fruit, opening up to elements of mocha, espresso bean and tapenade. The medium-bodied, savoury palate is gentlemanly and restrained, yet builds slowly on to the back palate, filling the mouth with dark fruit compôte, spice and a silky tar note. A touch broader-shouldered than last year’s offering, this still has all the poise and balance we expect from this reassuringly “old style” Shiraz.