Penfolds St Henri 1998

1998 is generally regarded as having been a stand-out vintage in South Australia.  Which ostensibly would make it harder to explain why I didn't think more than I did about this wine.  There is an answer though: it was tasted blind between a 1992 Hill of Grace and an excellent Penfolds Bin 389 from 2002.  Blind tasting can be a tough game.  Crushed stones, fruit cake, herbs and a pong, not an unpleasant pong, but a pong nonetheless were each there by way of aroma.  On the palate, nice acidity and good balance.  A good man shadowed by his friends.  Here are tasting notes from the winery.  86 points (7.1/10)

Abv: 14%
Price: $150
Website: http://www.penfolds.com

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