Penfolds, St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia, 2010
This wine: lot No. L1248 N2 (below front label), a syrah dominated blend with cabernet sauvignon, unoaked (essentially) – matured 18 months in very old oak vats, short (48mm) coated natural cork closure, 14.5% abv, 375ml, Wine Society, £31 (2015)
Previously tasted 17/10/16, 03/12/15.
Consumer tasting note: Penfolds 2010 St Henri shiraz, in a half-bottle, which matures ahead of larger formats. This example is past its best, so to drink now, with food. A little hollow in mid-palate, with a medium length, and a profile of stewed and confit of red fruits and black berries, with liquorice, cedar and a touch of black cherry liqueur. Drink now –
RTD – Wait. No need to decant, but with an airing is improved on day 2.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears [a very small quantity of fine and soft granular sediment].
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, past its best, with aromas as they come, of slightly lifted red cherry jam, stewed red plum, floral whiff, cooked blackberry, candle wax, cedar, dried currants, hint of black cherry, black liquorice, a hint of warm damp toast, a creamy lactic hint.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe medium tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, medium intensity, with flavours of black berry, cedar, candle wax, black cherry liqueur. A medium length with a finish of delicate black berries dominated by wax and cedar, with a slight bitterness on the end.
Quality: good, well balanced acidity and moderate tannins with alcohol, the palate is a little hollow, and so the whole is not harmonious; showing decent intensity throughout, with lesser concentration; a fully developed better than moderate complexity, with evidence of fruit development (cooked fruit), time in oak (cedar, toast) and in bottle (cedar, wax); finishes medium.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, past its best, not too old, but for immediate consumption, a food wine – a sound structure, but starting to fall apart on the palate, which is becoming thin and stretched.