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St. Henri Background - brief

Penfolds, being somewhat forward thinking during the 1950’s, engaged its winemakers to create new wines. At the same time that Max Schubert was secretly making Grange, John Davoren was tasked with crafting St Henri. It was created intentionally to rival Penfolds Grange following conventional wine making techniques rather than defying them like Schubert had.

Naming and revival of St. Henri

While trying to come up with a name for the wine he wanted to create, Davoren came across some old labels when he was rummaging around the loft of the Auldana winery. Turn of the century labels he found were for a St. Henri Claret that was first made around 1890 by the French winemaker, Edmond Mazure, who, it is assumed, probably named the wine after his son.

First vintage controversy

Experimental vintages of John Davoren’s St Henri were produced in the early 50’s with the commercial release in 1957 even though the wines name has a history going back to the beginning of the century. So, in theory, the original St Henri stems back to around 1890 and a number of the original St Henris have surfaced over the years and are very valuable and significant historical items.

What are mature vintages of St. Henri drinking like ?

The original St. Henri was made to rival Penfolds Grange and has very mild oak nuances and matures beautifully. However, a number of vertical tastings have shown that, in some wine critics opinion, Penfolds started to lose the plot by the 1970’s with noticeable austerity, except for exceptional vintages such as the 1971 and 1976 and it starts to change noticeably around the 1986 vintage coming around in the 1990’s.

How long should St. Henri be cellared for ?

Early vintages of the Penfolds St. Henri's appear to be aging quite well and any number of the better 70’s vintages are still drinking very well. Good vintages of St Henri will cellar quite nicely for 20 to 30 years plus.

An example of what has sold in previous auctions this year (2015)

Wine NameVintageSizeSold
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia1985Bottle$82
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia1989Bottle$90
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia1989Bottle$90
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia1993Bottle$61
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia1996Bottle $116
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia1997Bottle$62
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia1998Bottle$131
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia1999Bottle$84
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia2001Bottle$81
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia2002Bottle$84
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia2004Bottle$86
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia2005Bottle$95
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia2006Bottle$72
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia2008Bottle$91

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Recent and historical values paid at auction in Australia

Valid October 2017

Wine NameVintageBottle SizeLowHighNotes
AULDANA St. Henri, Magill1911Half Bottle$1,100$1,200Original St. Henri
AULDANA St. Henri, Magill1915Half Bottle$1,800$2,000Original St. Henri
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1955Bottle $3,700$5,100Controversial. This vintage was not known to exist until one was bought forward at a 2003 Penfolds red wine clinic.
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1956Bottle$0$0Extremely rare, believed to be the first genuine prototype
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1957Bottle $5,200$7,100The first commercial release
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1958Bottle $2,000$3,000 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1959Bottle $2,400$3,300 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1960Bottle$0$0Extremely rare
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1961Bottle $1,700$2,400 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1962Bottle $2,500$3,500 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1963Bottle $1,000$2,600 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1963Half Bottle $800$900 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1964Bottle $260$360 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1964Half Bottle $110$130 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1965Bottle $220$320 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1966Bottle $310$1,520 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1967Bottle $180$260 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1968Bottle $340$500 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1969Bottle $155$230 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1970Bottle $250$550 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1971Bottle $600$850 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1972Bottle $220$320 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1973Bottle $125$150 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1974Bottle $110$160 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1975Bottle $95$170 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1976Bottle $155$200 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1977Bottle $93$140 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1978Bottle $100$115 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1979Bottle $80$140Retail price around $12
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1980Bottle $60$85 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1980Magnum $170$240 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1981Bottle $75$105 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1982Bottle $100$150 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1982Magnum $200$240 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1983Bottle $110$160 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1983Half Bottle $30$42 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1983Magnum $140$200 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1984Bottle $77$105 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1984Half Bottle $35$50 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1984Magnum $110$150 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1985Bottle $60$85 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1985Magnum $110$130 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1986Bottle $140$160 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1986Half Bottle $50$56 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1986Imperial $800$1,200 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1986Magnum $200$300 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1987Bottle $55$80 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1987Half Bottle $20$28 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1987Magnum $80$115 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1988Bottle $70$95 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Claret, South Australia1988Magnum $110$140 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia1989Bottle $100$150The label was changed from the 1989 vintage from Claret to Shiraz
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia1989Half Bottle $46$48 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia1989Magnum $120$170 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia1990Bottle $110$160 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia1990Half Bottle $36$45 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia1990Magnum $220$320 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia1991Bottle $90$150 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia1991Half Bottle $32$38 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia1991Magnum $160$210 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia1992Bottle $62$80 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia1992Half Bottle $24$34 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia1992Magnum $110$150 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia1993Bottle $60$80 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia1993Half Bottle $26$38 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia1993Magnum $110$130 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia1994Bottle $65$80 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia1994Half Bottle $14$18 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia1994Magnum $110$160 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia1995Bottle $60$70 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia1995Half Bottle $15$15 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia1995Magnum $140$180 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia1996Bottle $85$100The first laser etched bottles were produced.
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia1996Half Bottle $32$38 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia1996Magnum $185$250 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia1997Bottle $60$80 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia1997Half Bottle $30$44 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia1997Magnum $100$140 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia1998Bottle $100$125 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia1998Half Bottle $36$50 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia1998Magnum $160$200 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia1999Bottle $70$75 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia1999Half Bottle $30$36 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia1999Magnum $130$150 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia2000Bottle $65$80 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia2000Magnum $100$140 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia2001Bottle $60$70 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia2001Half Bottle $32$44 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia2001Magnum $120$150 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia2002Bottle $75$80 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia2002Half Bottle $35$45 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia2002Magnum $155$200 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia2003Bottle $60$80 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia2003Half Bottle $26$42 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia2004Bottle $66$85 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia2004Half Bottle $44$48 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia2004Magnum $160$170 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia2005Bottle $55$75 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia2005Half Bottle $28$40 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia2005Magnum $120$140 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia2006Bottle $60$75 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia2006Magnum $120$140 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia2007Bottle $55$75 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia2007Magnum $130$170 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia2008Bottle $70$90 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia2009Bottle$60$95 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia2010Bottle$100$150 
PENFOLDS St. Henri Shiraz, South Australia2011Bottle$60$80 

Values have been aggregated from national secondary market data.

Notes on pricing and valuation

Low Range
Typically, price clusters form over time at market value. The low value is then calculated from the average accumulated hammer price at auction from multiple Australian wine auction houses over a 6 month period. All prices are for bottles with no damage or ullage. Well stored bottles with a documented purchase and storage history will always attract the best prices.

High Range
High prices are typically outliers or record high values achieved over a long period of time and,typically, includes only a very low sample of bottles sold, never the average and most often only a single bottle.

Last sale
This figure is not shown, as using it in isolation can produce a false sense of the true value of a bottle.

A note on auction reserves
All auction houses generally set a reserve price 10% less than the low price range. This allows for fluctuations of the market price going down as well as up.

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