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.
- SA - Other South Australian
- South Australia
Rating 90 - TS - Published on 27 Jul 2014, Australian Wine Companion
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.
Peter Gao - Penfolds Chief Winemaker
“A medium-bodied, textbook example of a modern-era Penfolds Bin 2… over half a century after its genesis.”
“Ideal by the glass… showy in youth, relaxed with bottle age.”
Winery Tasting Notes
Varietal Makeup: 89% Shiraz 11% Mourvèdre
Deep plum red.
Inviting. Lifted aromatics hovering above – sweet yeast bun, fresh liquorice. Red curranted fruits, sour cherry, fresh quince…A ‘trifled’ vinous chromatogram – jelly/custard/coconut!
Expansive (for a Bin 2!).
Only a fleeting suggestion of background oak. Tea-leaf/talc tannins… fathered by Shiraz or Mourvèdre?!
Savoury and charcuterie flavours charmingly mesh with those reminiscent of Jamaican raisined dark chocolate.
Now - 2020.
Plum pudding pork belly, roasted Jerusalem artichokes, sprouted lentils and quandong mustard.
Last tasted 2013