Vinous – 95
Saturated violet. Spice-accented cherry, cassis and licorice aromas show fine detail and a smoky mineral topnote emerges as the wine opens up. Vibrant blackberry and bitter cherry flavors are supported by a core of zesty acidity and become sweeter and deeper on the back half. Smoothly melds depth and vivacity and finishes juicy and extremely long, with mounting tannins and lingering dark fruit and licorice qualities.
Anticipated maturity: 2030-2040
JancisRobinson.com – 17.5+
Sweetly spiced nose, juicy black-cherry fruit on the palate, then contrastingly savoury to finish – much more severe than the 2018 Bin 389 just tasted, yet entirely balanced and still with generous fruit. Should be long-lived. (RH)
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2040
Robert Parker – 93
The St Henri point of difference is that it’s aged in old, large wooden vats. Sourced from throughout South Australia, the 2017 St Henri Shiraz reveals no oak in its rather raw, unrefined notes of bloody beef, mixed berries, black olives and road tar. It’s full-bodied and still tannic at this stage, with a bit of coarseness on the finish that hopefully time will soften. While not the best vintage for St Henri, it’s a commendable effort that should age well.
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2040