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Penfolds Shiraz St. Henri 2013

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CWA

RP97

WS

JS

AG

ST

W&S

JH

Price: $99.00

 
*Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 6+ bottles.

97 Points
“This 2013 Shiraz St. Henri follows in the blockbuster footsteps of the 2010 and 2012. The blend is 96% Shiraz with 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. 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, and cloves over a cherry cordial, blueberry pie and dried mulberries core. 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. Drink 2016-2045.” - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

BACKGROUND
Elite Australian wine lovers tell us it is only an accident that Grange took the place as Penfolds’ highest priced collector wine. St. Henri was originally designed to be co-equal but a few rich collectors including a German industrial magnate started competing for Grange at auction so it became the rising star. Insiders recognize that a number of vintages of St. Henri have actually scored higher than Grange.

Decanter's Investment Analysis: “Thoroughbreds from Penfolds - Grange and St. Henri illustrate two facets of both grape and winemaking technique. Grange was Australia’s first icon wine and, despite competition from Henschke’s Hill of Grace, it remains the darling of collectors. St. Henri, named after Henri Leseur whose first vintage at Penfolds was 1890, does not have the same stature, as prices for each vintage show. While the greatness of Grange is more evident, I found the relative elegance of St Henri very much to my taste. Investment potential is much greater with Grange, but the pleasure potential of St. Henri is equally strong.” - Steven Spurrier, Decanter (1/15)
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*Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 6+ bottles.

97 Points
“This 2013 Shiraz St. Henri follows in the blockbuster footsteps of the 2010 and 2012. The blend is 96% Shiraz with 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. 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, and cloves over a cherry cordial, blueberry pie and dried mulberries core. 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. Drink 2016-2045.” - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

BACKGROUND
Elite Australian wine lovers tell us it is only an accident that Grange took the place as Penfolds’ highest priced collector wine. St. Henri was originally designed to be co-equal but a few rich collectors including a German industrial magnate started competing for Grange at auction so it became the rising star. Insiders recognize that a number of vintages of St. Henri have actually scored higher than Grange.

Decanter's Investment Analysis: “Thoroughbreds from Penfolds - Grange and St. Henri illustrate two facets of both grape and winemaking technique. Grange was Australia’s first icon wine and, despite competition from Henschke’s Hill of Grace, it remains the darling of collectors. St. Henri, named after Henri Leseur whose first vintage at Penfolds was 1890, does not have the same stature, as prices for each vintage show. While the greatness of Grange is more evident, I found the relative elegance of St Henri very much to my taste. Investment potential is much greater with Grange, but the pleasure potential of St. Henri is equally strong.” - Steven Spurrier, Decanter (1/15)



Ratings Sources

RP - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
WS - Wine Spectator
CWA - California Wine Advisors
JS - James Suckling
IWR - International Wine Review

Winery Penfolds

Vineyard Designate

AVA

Region Australia