1996 was a great vintage throughout South Australia and in particular for Penfolds. Many collectors now prefer Penfolds 1996 wines more so than the 1998’s.
The 1996 Penfolds St Henri is a 100% shiraz wine, some vintages see a small portion of cabernet sauvignon added to the final blend. Fruit was sourced from the Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale. Matured in large old oak vats for 12 months, the 1996 Penfolds St Henri should cellar comfortably until 2021 but let’s be honest, if this isn’t still drinkable in the year 2031 then it should have been labelled something else. The 1996 vintage weighs in at 14% alc/vol, this is a great St Henri.