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1998 Penfolds - Shiraz St Henri

AUSTRALIA / SOUTH AUSTRALIA /
  • 88 WA
  • 90 WS
  • 90 IWC
  • 80 JR
  • Variety
    Syrah
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SKU: 99296-1998-750-2B
  • Rating: 90

    ($40) Deep, dark red with a ruby edge. Heady, brambly aromas of concentrated dark cherry, cassis, black plum, chocolate, leather and asphalt, all brightened and lifted by a scent of fresh violet. Fleshy and sumptuous, with lively, very intense flavors of spicy, sour-edged dark berry and plum fruit. Savory, almost salty finish features firm, powdery tannins. For the long term.
    Author: Jeremy Oliver
    Issue: July/August 2002
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    A serious red, crisp in texture, brightly ripe in flavor, tightly packed with blackberry, plum and a spicy mineral note that weaves through the firm finish. This has plenty of depth. Tightly wound, it needs cellaring to flesh out. 20,000 cases made.
    Author: Harvey Steiman
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 88

    The 1998 Shiraz St. Henri is a delicious dark ruby-colored effort with a sweet nose of jammy black fruits intermixed with herbs, earth, and pepper. Perfumed, medium-bodied, and succulent, it will drink well for 3-4 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    This bottle was already fully evolved and possibly even losing fruit.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Still vibrant, beautifully made wine. Lovely nose, ripe fruit, integrated tannins, smooth, long finish. Not over extracted, plum, licorice, pepper, tar.
    Author: vince389
  • Self | Rating: 93

    This is a wonderful bottle. Good vibrant fruit, good structure
    Drink Dates: 2009
    Author: ilium55
Over the past 40 years, Penfolds has earned its reputation as Australia's premier red wine producer and has played a large part in putting Australian wines on the world map. Over the past five years, winemaker Peter Gago has been instrumental in keeping Penfolds at the top of the Austrailian wine industry. Penfolds Grange, the estate's flagship, is characterized by its rich texture, complexity, and concentrated fruit. Penfolds's entire collection spans across many styles and labels including Penfolds Super Premiums, Special Bin Range, Cellar Reserve Range, Bin Range, Thomas Hyland Range, Koonunga Hill Range, Rawson's Retreat Range, and Fortified Wines.
More than half of all Australian wine production takes place in the South Australia region—home to the Shiraz-specializing Barossa Valley as well as revered Riesling zones Clare Valley and Eden Valley. South Australia is too large and diverse to generalize about climate or topography, with both cooler coastal areas and warmer inland sections—but rainfall is generally low throughout and drought is a constant concern. 

Syrah is one of the darkest and thickest-skinned varieties, producing wines with intense color, flavors of blueberry, blackberry and boysenberry, and high tannin. Depending on the climate in which it is grown and the winemaking techniques used, Syrah (known as Shiraz in Australia) can come in a wide range of styles. Regardless of style, use of heavy oak is common and the highest quality wines are suitable for long-term ageing.

The best Old-World Syrah comes from the Northern Rhône, where the variety is at its coolest limit for growth. Sites with south-facing slopes are exposed to more sun and produce the highest quality wines with medium body and flavors of berry, hints of pepper and mint, and notes of olive, bacon, meat, and leather with age. Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage are the most famous of these sites, and producers such as E. Guigal, Chave, and Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aîné make some of the world’s best wines from Syrah.

In the New World, Australia is the most famous region for high-quality wines from Shiraz. The warm climates of Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale produce full-bodied, intensely fruity wines displaying notes of earth and spice and developing leather with age. A leaner, more peppery style is made in cooler regions with the best examples coming from Eden Valley. Australian producers such as Penfolds, Torbreck, and Henschke have garnered international recognition for making world-class wines from Shiraz.

One cannot talk about New-World Syrah without recognizing the work of Californian producers, most notably Sine Qua Non, Colgin, and Alban, who have also gained international recognition for the quality of their wines from Syrah.

The delicate flavors of cooler climate Syrah from the Northern Rhône and Sonoma make it an ideal pairing for dishes like lamb or eggplant. The bold flavors of warmer climate Shiraz from Australia pair well with barbeque pork and chicken, short ribs, and steak. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 200 bottles owned
  • 56 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 56 collectors)