Penfolds St Henri Shiraz

A stark contrast to the mesmerising 2010, this is a savoury, gamey St Henri of dry, herbal character, skeletal and bony, lacking in depth, mid-palate presence and connectedness. Tannins are angular and firm and the finish falls away abruptly. In its credit, colour is impressively full and vibrant, and some black fruits began to emerge after 36 hours. This year, a blend of McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills.