Bin 2 was first released in 1960, yet was discontinued in Australia in the1970s 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.
“An earlier-drinking Bin 2 … one with its own personality, yet still wearing the team colours.”
“For now more than half a century uninterrupted, this temptingly drinkable stepping-stone into the Penfolds Bin tier rarely, if ever, disappoints …”
Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker