Wine Spectator ranked this 24 out of their best 100 wines of 2009 and gave it 95 points. The 750ML bottle is listed at $57.99 at Total Wine in Cherry Hill; this 375ML at the PLCB is $14.99. Wine Spectator lists the drinking window as 2011-2020. It is highly rated on CellarTracker as well.
If you like the big blackberry and plum style of Aussie Shiraz, this is a phenomenal deal. Also an inexpensive chance to try a highly rated wine. Since it's a 375 bottle, it can be hard to find in the stores. Be sure to bring the code# and also pay attention to the year and make sure you buy the 2005.
We read and hear a lot about how dreadful it is for Pennyslvanians to have put up with the horrors of a state controlled liquor monopoly and how much better a privatized system would be. Is it really that horrible to be able to get a highly rated wine for half price? The PLCB brings in many great deals on wine, this is only one dramatic example.
Penfolds Shiraz St Henri 2005
Description from PLCB web site
PLCB Code: 9908
Compare to prices on wine-searcher.com (750ML): (Avg $61, Min $50, Max $73)
Availability in Pennsylvania:
Region: Australia > South Australia
Grape Varieties: Shiraz 90%
Cabernet Sauvignon 10%
Alcohol Content: 14%