Penfolds `St Henri` Shiraz 2003 (6 x 750mL), Multi-regional, SA.

$150 per Bay
$900 per pack
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The palate is seamless with St. Henri's trademark, glossy and silky mouthfeel. Wild raspberry and loganberry fruits align with 'finessed' tannins and a refreshing acidity to aid palate tightness, inducing a continuum through (not across) the mid-palate. 2003 is a solid St. Henri release and a great example of this wine in a challenging vintage – reaffirming its 50+ year-old credentials through thick and thin!

Region:
AUS - Multi-regional
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

"Intense, savoury black fruits with spicy notes on the bouquet; fine tannins are like built-in cupboards on the palate, evenly distributing themselves through its length."

Rating 95 Drink 2025 - James Halliday, Wine Companion - Tasted Mar 07

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Deep crimson with a dark core.

Aroma

The nose, showing no signs of oak, is altogether different to its Shiraz partners: Grange; RWT; and Magill Estate. Chocolate and mocha aromas are woven with Christmas pudding spices, cinnamon/nutmeg and fig and prune. The primary notes of stewed, dark berry fruits are counter-balanced by secondary notes of demi-glace and roasting pan juices.

Palate

The palate is seamless with St. Henri's trademark, glossy and silky mouthfeel. Wild raspberry and loganberry fruits align with 'finessed' tannins and a refreshing acidity to aid palate tightness, inducing a continuum through (not across) the mid-palate. 2003 is a solid St. Henri release and a great example of this wine in a challenging vintage – reaffirming its 50+ year-old credentials through thick and thin!

Wine Background

Penfolds St Henri is a counterpoint to Penfolds Grange. St Henri is a highly successful, alternative expression of Shiraz. It is unusual among high quality Australian red wines as it does not rely on new oak. It was created in the early 1950s (first commercial vintage 1957) and gained a new lease of life in the 1990s as its quality and distinctive style became better understood.

Penfolds St Henri is rich and plush when young and gains soft, earthy, mocha-like characters as it ages. It is matured in old, 1460-litre vats that allow the wine to develop, but impart no oak character. A small proportion of Cabernet is often used to improve structure, but the focal point for Penfolds St Henri is Shiraz.

Vintage Condition

The 2003 growing season in southern Australia was generally regarded as warm, starting with a dry winter and a warm, clear spring. This was followed by some episodes of heat through the summer, whilst cooler weather towards the end of the season relieved the vines in the run up t

Winery Profile

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Australia's winemaking history of less than two hundred years is brief by European measures though, like Europe, punctuated by periods of extreme success and difficult times. From the earliest winemaking days Penfolds has figured prominently and few would argue the importance of Penfolds' influence on Australia's winemaking psyche.

Without the influence of Penfolds the modern Australian wine industry would look very different indeed. Sitting comfortably outside of fad and fashion, Penfolds has taken Australian wine to the world on a grand stage and forged a reputation for quality that is without peer.

Penfolds' reputation for making wines of provenance and cellaring potential might suggest a mantle of tradition and formality is the preferred attire of a company with so much history to defend. But to label Penfolds as simply an established and conventional winemaker, would be to confuse tradition with consideration and to overlook the innovative spirit that has driven Penfolds since its foundation, and continues to find expression in modern times.

If there is anything traditional about Penfolds, it is the practice of constantly reviewing the wines it already does well, and continuously evolving and refining styles as vineyards mature and access to ever older and more varied vineyard sites improves.

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Other Information

  • 2003 vintage
  • 6 x 750mL Bays
  • AUS - Multi-regional, South Australia
  • Cork closure
  • 14.5% alc.
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We’ll despatch your product the next working day! Depending on your location, you can expect delivery anywhere between 2 and 5 working days from payment date.


We will send you an email notifying you as soon as your items have left our warehouse.


In this email, you will find the name of the carrier company and the consignment note number of your item as well as information on tracking the delivery of your item online. Simply follow the link to the relevant website and enter your reference number. You will then be able to quickly and efficiently track the delivery status of your item!


Please Note: Your goods will be delivered to your registered address. We do delivery Australia wide except for a few remote territories, please check the shipping calculator to confirm delivery availability and timeframes.


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