97 Points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown (erobertparker.com)
This 2013 Shiraz St Henri follows in the blockbuster footsteps of the 2010 and 2012. The blend is 96% Shiraz with 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and the fruit sources are far and wide, including a real mix of terroirs: McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Padthaway and Port Lincoln...
This 2013 Shiraz St Henri follows in the blockbuster footsteps of the 2010 and 2012. The blend is 96% Shiraz with 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and the fruit sources are far and wide, including a real mix of terroirs: McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Padthaway and Port Lincoln. It spent 12 months in 50+-year-old casks. Deep garnet-purple colored, the youthfully reticent nose is complex, offering loam, aged meat, licorice, tar, scorched earth, fenugreek and cloves over a cherry cordial, blueberry pie and dried mulberries core. The medium to full-bodied palate reveals lovely, understated elegance and depth with a firm backbone of ripe, grainy tannins and many fruit and spice layers emerging on the finish. This is one for the long-long haul and, at a fraction of the price of Grange, should be where the smart money goes for stocking the cellar.
What is there left to say about Penfolds? One of the most iconic producers not only in Australia, but possibly the world, their wines have almost become a thing of legend. Beginning in 1844 when Dr Christopher Penfold and his wife Mary planted the cuttings that they had brought with them on the trip to Australia, it was Mary that took the reigns of running the company as Christophers medical reputation grew. Penfolds reputation was cemented in wine history when winemaker Max Schubert began an experimental project in creating a long lasting wine from multiple vineyard sites across multiple regions across Australia. An idea that had never done before and broke all the rules of winemaking, Penfolds Grange is a true benchmark in wine history. The project that was originally shut down by the management at Penfolds and Max had to carry it on in secret for the next 3 vintages. It was eventually ordered to restart in 1960 and almost immediately began to gain critical acclaim and awards, today it is considered to be an equivalent of the Bordeaux First Growths and has been given a heritage listing in South Australia. Continuing to go against the grain, Penfolds also created St Henri Shiraz. Another multi regional blend first made in 1953, at a time when much of Australia was producing wines with heavy use of new oak, St Henri Shiraz only ages in large, old oak and instead focusses on varietal expression, still rich in it’s youth and capable of developing a staggering amount of complexity as it ages.
Zalto Denk-Art Universal Glass
For richer, oaked Sauvignon Blancs such as The Fuder, white Graves or Semillon/Sauvignon blends. For young and non-vintage Champagne we recommend Zalto Universal. However, the Zalto Universal is a very good all-rounder, designed for all types of wines but may not maximize the potential of certain wine as much as the Bordeaux or Burgundy glass.
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