Penfolds St Henri 2007

The dull roar heard in the distance was of 4,000 people (I didn’t count – there were probably 20) tasting Penfolds’ new release of “icon and luxury range” wines for 2011 at the local wine store.  I am going to type the words “icon and luxury range wines” again.  There, good, we are all clear now.  Perhaps they felt sorry for me, because I managed to secure myself a decent glass of Penfolds’ new release St Henri from the 2007 vintage.  The wine is a 100% shiraz, with fruit sourced from Robe, McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek, Padthaway, Barossa Valley, Coonawarra and the Adelaide Hills – all over South Australia really.  It was pretty good, but not really good.  It had a fairly attractive aroma of spices, plums, something else and pepper.  The palate was more challenging – notes of spice, some length, sweet fruit at times, spiky and uneven acidity at times, liqueur cherries, alcohol and something else.  What was that something else?  Was it sarsaparilla or something similarly odd?  I couldn’t put my finger on it.  I’m not yet convinced.  Here are the winery’s notes.  85 points (7/10)

Abv: 14.5%
Price: about $65
Would I buy it having tasted it?  No

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