Bin 2 was first released in 1960, yet was discontinued in Australia in the 1970s at the height of the white wine boom. The original Bin 2 was an ‘Australian Burgundy’ style (despite its Rhône varieties) – typically a soft, medium-bodied wine based on Shiraz. The Bin 2 blend of Shiraz and Mourvèdre is still relatively uncommon in Australian table wines. Also known as Mataro or Monastrell, Mourvèdre was introduced to Australia in the 1830s. Sometimes used in fortified wine production, this grape is widely planted in the Barossa Valley. It is greatly valued by winemakers for its blending attributes, adding complexity and palate grip. Interest in Bin 2 has grown as the popularity of traditional Rhône varieties and blends continues to flourish.
- AUS - Multi-regional
Harking back to a style made by Penfolds in the '60s, this 89/11% shiraz/mourvedre blend was matured in used American oak. It's a spicy, peppery, fruit-focused and tangy blend of fragrant appeal and pretty violet top notes, finishing simple and abrupt. Rating 90 - Drink by 2022, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (JAN/2014)