Thursday, May 1, 2014

Penfolds St. Henri

This time everybody sings from the same hymn sheet. The 2010 Penfolds St. Henri is a stunner. It opens up with intense fruit flavours. They are quite a cocktail: blackberry, blueberry, plum and mulberry. While these flavours are intense, the wine is not super big, as a result of the maturing in large used oak vats. The palate is well defined, the tannins are fine and the finish just does not stop. It stayed in my mouth for at least two minutes. This is a superb wine, which  can only be achieved with exceptional fruit, which Penfolds can source from pretty much anywhere in South Australia. Where I differ from some reviewers is the drinking window. Sure, this wine will live for a long time, but you do not have to put it away for at least 10 years. This wine is quite approachable now, and would be outstanding drinking with great complexity in three years. Highly recommended.

Score: 97/+++

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