Penfolds wines are definitely built for the cellar as this one shows. I often find that young Penfolds don't really do too much for me but give them 10 - 15 years in the cave and a beauty emerges. Why is this? Well I think it may have to do with other wines sacrifice structure for up front voluptuous flavours, while the Penfolds wines are a little more restrained.
Penfolds St Henri 1999
Upon opening the wine shows a little cow hide but soon pulls everything back towards a more youthful personality. All the flavours are in perfect harmony as they unfold in the glass with notes of blackberry compote, warm clay and provincial herbs coming to the fore. Every minute this was open the flavours evolved, keeping me enthused and in rapture of the wine. The tannins are in harmony with the flavours and they add a lovely mocha flavour and svelte texture. I would say 'you really have to taste this to understand what is going on' but this wine needs another few years to show its best.
Price: $45 on release
Rated: Monumental (95+)
Drink: 2014 - 2024