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Representing an "alternative expression" of Shiraz, distinct to Grange, St Henri is widely regarded as more elegantly crafted, with classical aromatics more reminiscent to a top Hermitage or Côte-Rôtie.
Aged in large, old oak vats, which allow the power of its plush forest fruit to shine through, we found the 98-point 2016 brooding, powerful and intellectual, whilst also displaying fresh, elegant black bramble fruit and wild flowers. It is a testament to Penfolds' ability to render a more refined, old world-inspired interpretation of the variety; "the essence of South Australia Shiraz" (Wine Advocate).
It is a masterpiece and one of the finest vintages we can recall of St. Henri. Every time we taste a new release we do so with a sense of eagerness, an overachiever, which represents incredible value, especially as it competes with Grange in every way possible.
James Suckling awarded the 2016 a soaring 98 points, just two shy of Grange 2015s perfect 100, and his highest score to date. He refers to St Henri 2016 as "a real masterpiece" and "among the finest vintages" ever.
Known for youthful approachability and ineffable balance, but it is most certainly built to last over several decades. Tasting it last week we got the impression it would offer upwards of 30-plus years of excellent cellaring potential.
Cru is one of the world’s leading fine wine retailers. We have experts working across the globe serving customers in over 40 different countries. We operate from four major hubs in London, Hong Kong, Bordeaux and Singapore, from which we offer advice and impeccable service through both traditional and digital channels. We are very focused on using technology to make the experience of fine wine buying more fun and convenient.
Cru is a specialist retailer. We source only the world’s very best wines and spirits and sell to a limited number of discerning buyers. We hold numerous events through which we showcase our wines and get to know our clients even better. We store a significant amount of wine for our clients and offer guidance on wine portfolio construction.
Cru offers an internationally acclaimed selection of red wine, white wine and Champagne. We help customers around the world buy wine from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Italy, Spain, the Loire and Rhone Valley and from the New World.
We stock extensive collections of the world’s finest wines, including Château Lafite, Château Latour, Château Margaux, Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Haut Brion, DRC and Penfolds.
Cru was formally launched in 2014, but our roots as a fine wine team go back to the early 1980s in the UK, and back to 2010 in Hong Kong.
Our Chairman is Mr Simon Farr: a hugely respected 40 year wine industry veteran who was involved in the founding and growth of two of Britain's most successful wine enterprises (Majestic and Bibendum).