Wine Reviews by Vintage

Penfolds St Henri Shiraz 1996

Elegance and pure ripe fruit

Reviewed by nicholas.enge_19549 - Saturday 10 December 2011 09:16 PM

At its best after four hours in the decanter, and beyond that, I can't say, as it was all gone. After four had settled, smoothed, and unwound. All about the fruit, though elegance and pure ripe flavours more than power. Beautiful dark berries, mostly blueberry. Superb balance and structure. Chalky tannins. Exceptionally long finish. Earlier in its decant was still outstanding, albeit more rich, intense and peppery. Hope I get to try this again in five, ten, perhaps even fifteen and twenty years from now. Will only get better, I think.

  • Rating: 95 (Average for all reviewers 95)
  • Drink: Cellar for at least 5 years

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