Penfolds St Henri 2003

I wasn't amazed by this vintage of St Henri.  It is a shiraz (perhaps with a dash of cabernet - see the technical note below), with fruit sourced from the Barossa Valley, the Clare Valley, McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek in 2003, and as usual, sees no new oak.  It had a spicy, herby aroma.  Plums, acidity and pepper were apparent on tasting the wine.  The tasting notes from the winery describe 2003 as a "solid" release from a "challenging vintage".  In "wine marketing speak", to be a little unkind, that's pretty much saying the wine is crap.  But it's far, far from being that bad, and presents reasonably enjoyably.  7.2/10 (87 points).

Abv: 14.5%
Price: $68 (current vintage)
Would I buy it having tasted it?  No
South Australia
May 22, 2011
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