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2008 Penfolds Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French) "St. Henri"

Winery: Penfolds

Vintage: 2008

Wine Name/Vineyard: "St. Henri"

Wine Category: Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French)

Grape blend: 91% Shiraz & 9% Cabernet Sauvignon

Region: South Australia

State or country: Australia

Price: $65

Cases produced: 1,100

KWG Score: 94.6 (based on 5 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)

Review date: October 12, 2012

Wine Review: This slightly opaque and dark ruby colored Shiraz from Penfolds is impressive. I really enjoyed the entire experience from start to finish. It opens with a mild oak and blueberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, well balanced, elegant and smooth. The flavor profile is a tasty gentle blackberry with hints of plum, oak, and blueberry. The finish is dry and its well managed mild tannins linger nicely. This wine is very food friendly for an Aussie Shiraz based wine. It shows great restraint and makes an effort to enhance, not dominate the experience. I would pair it with a filet mignon from Grill 23 in the near term. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: Colour - Bright crimson rim, dense purple colour. Nose - Anticipated praline/milk chocolate St Henri aromatic markers, replete with fruits — mulberry and boysenberry. Compliments of the vintage freshly squeezed beetroot/ginger juice and dried spices—bay leaf and sage. Palate - Plush, fleshy and mouth filling—showcasing a cleverly woven texture and deceptive (fruit) weight. Nectarine and blood plum fruits courted by the largesse of big, ripe and round tannins. Maturation precursors already awoken, although yet to ascend/unfurl—fresh wallet leather, pan scrapings, ..Long and persistent. Polished.

Organic status: not organic

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