St Henri 2012 from Penfolds : an Australian red wine with fine and delicate tannins
A red wine that blends 97% Shiraz and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, St Henri 2012 from Penfolds is produced in Australia. This wine comes from vineyards in various regions (Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, Robe, Clare Valley). The wine is aged for 13 months in large oak vats, which are over 50 years old.
The St. Henri 2012 of Penfolds displays a deep red crimson colour. The nose releases fragrances of red currants, red licorice and rhubarb. The wine then reveals on the nose earthy notes and game. Solid in the mouth, the wine offers flavours of juniper, cinnamon, nutmeg and dry herbs, before tasty touches of white chocolate, mocha and praline. The tannins are well integrated, fine and delicate. The St Henri 2012 is very well balanced. To be consumed before 2045.
Parker : 96+ / 100
J. Robinson : 17+ / 20
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2012 Shiraz St Henri is very impressive with its elegant, sophisticated and well-crafted expression of this superb vintage. As always, there is no new oak employed here, simply 50+ year old large oak vats. This vintage has a dollop (3%) Cabernet Sauvignon, contributing a lovely cassis lift to the heady perfume. Deep garnet-purple colored, it displays a gorgeous nose of commendable purity and intensity with notes of red and blackcurrants, freshly crushed blackberries, menthol, cinnamon stick, bacon fat and cloves. Rich and already expressive on the palate, it is nonetheless built for the long haul with firm, ripe and grainy tannins carrying the fruit to a long and layered finish. This should be a long-lived St Henri that should cellar gracefully for at least 2 decades.