Penfolds, St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia, 2010
Unoaked, in that no new oak is used, rather large format old oak, natural cork closure, 14.5% abv, half bottle, Wine Society, £31
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity purple, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, pronounced intensity, youthful, with aromas of slightly high-toned black cherry, over-ripe black berry, black currant boiled sweets, peony, a slightly lactic undertone and a whiff of warm liquorice.
Palate: a dry wine, medium (+) acidity, high tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth texture, with flavours of black cherry, black cherry boiled sweets, black berry, a savoury undertone, and a hint of liquorice. A long length with a clean black cherried grippy finish.
Quality: a very good quality wine, showing rich ripe black fruit, with acidity and high, yet ripe tannins, in keeping with the rich, intense and concentrated flavours. Tannins are a little high now, but there is flavour concentration to support the whole whilst they round with age. There are early signs of tertiary development, and the long rich length confirms the ageing potential of this wine.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: this wine can be consumed now, but has the potential for ageing over the next 5-10 years.