Penfolds St Henri Shiraz 2005

Penfolds St Henri Shiraz 2005

John Davoren was born into a winemaking family with his father being the manager of their Dalwood property. He was also a master blender, and was the creator of Penfold’s St Henri Claret, later named Shiraz. He was also the manager of the Auldana Cellars in Magill from 1947 to 1973.

Well I loved the 2004 St Henri (though I cannot find my review of it), and was through the doors at Dan Murphys around 9 o’clock on the 1st of May to get a taster of the 2005. Yes I am dedicated. It got a few hours in the decanter and then it was ready to taste. Quite a complex nose: malty and earthy, red fruits, black spices, mace and aromas of old oak. The palate showed black fruits and earth, and a slightly baked raisiny character, bright red acid and with time some dry extract. Not a particularly tannic palate, but not giving or generous either. A dry finish. A very good St Henri, but not a great one. The drinking window is a tough decision, because I did find it approachable now. I think it will do 10 years (of bottle aging) easily, and maybe a bit longer too, but it would be one to keep an eye on.

Rated : 90 Points
Tasted : May09
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $71.20
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2009-2017+
Source : Dan Murphys
Website : Penfolds

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One Response to Penfolds St Henri Shiraz 2005

  1. Lincoln says:

    I have seen this available in Screwcap too, for those that are interested….

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