Penfolds St Henri 2017
Tony Love – 98 Points.
My first two tasting note words on the day, “Okay, Wow.” It is an increasingly relevant shiraz style and it has so much going on in its deep, dark fascinations. A wine worth dwelling on. The question to pose here is at $135 (and $100 for the Bin 389) are these worth buying a half a dozen rather for less than you would spend on a bottle of Grange. I would say definitely. At 98 points in my book for the 2017 St Henri, it’s a yes from me.
Jeni Port – 96 Points
Could this wine be anything else but St Henri? It retains the essential St. Henri character – sweet, ripe fruit, earth, leather, flavour to burn and richness. Chocolate, toast, red and blue fruits and arresting pot-pourri, violets aromatics. A cooler vintage seems to have brought a floral edge to St. Henri which adds even more to its usual high appeal. Fans of St Henri will not be disappointed.
Ken Gargett – 94 Points
Melissa Moore – 97 Points
Deep purple and intense, with dried herbs and bramble fruit. My palate salivating with every sniff and rewarded with juicy black cherry and blackcurrants: sweet fruit in a masculine but gentle frame of oak tannin. Great package.
Angus Hughson – 97 Points
This a superb vintage of St Henri in a seamless and elegant style compared to many recent years. It is made with Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley and Port Lincoln fruit with the Eden component the most overt right now with bayleaf, green peppercorns, mulberry, cocoa and blackberry aromas well-matched by supple oak. The palate is sensational – with exceptional concentration and seamless balance plus a rush of fine-grained tannins to finish giving silkiness and poise. Already so drinkable. Drink 2022 – 2035