Penfold’s was established in 1844. They have been a significant leader in quality wines in Australia and are custodians to Australia’s greatest wine – Grange. They do make a lot of wine these days at varying quality, but their access to fruit across regions and vintages means their top end wines are still leading quality for their styles.
St Henri was first released in 1950, unlike Grange it does not use new oak for flavour and structure instead ripe ripe and a hint of Cabernet do the heavy lifting. This is most certainly a wine that needs time in bottle. Give it 10 years at least.
2010 – The one that they want. 2010 was outstanding for quality wine. The 2010 St Henri has been compared to other great vintages like 1996 and 1971. Buy it and tuck it in your cellar for as long as you can. People more experienced than I say it could be a 50 year wine.
Barossa Valley – One of the major wine regions or Australia. Known for making great Shiraz by any standard as well as Grenache, Mataro, Semillon and much more. There has been a lot of work finding the sub-regions that excel for each style and variety planted.
Shiraz/Syrah – A bit of a chameleon, Shiraz can change how it looks depending on terroir and/or wine maker influence. The Syrah based wines of Northern Rhone are dry and austere while the Shiraz of Barossa is rich and fleshy. A variety that lends itself to long aging but can be drunk at any time of its evolution.