PENFOLDS ST HENRI SHIRAZ 2003
Deep crimson with a dark core.
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.
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!