Penfolds St Henri Shiraz

A lesser St Henri, from a challenging, fast-ripening year. 100% shiraz, with Robe leading the blend, then McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek, Padthaway, Barossa Valley, Coonawarra and Adelaide Hills. A fragrance of violets carries through the bouquet and palate, with nuances of pepper and blueberries. Stewy fruit notes, candied strawberries and a dryness to the finish detract, but texture, fruit focus and persistence save the day.