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.
“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.”
Peter Gao - Penfolds Chief Winemaker
- SA - Other South Australian
- South Australia
Ten months in a combination of (older) French and American oak. Barossa, McLaren Vale and Padthaway. 89% shiraz, 11% mourvedre.
Stylish wine. Distinctive. Leather, violets, iodine, black cherry and blackberry. Doesn’t show a lot of oak but does show character-laden fruit. Beautiful red. Smoky, earthen, minerally finish.
Rating 93, Drink 2015 - 2024, Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front (FEB/2014)
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 - TS - Published on 27 Jul 2014, Australian Wine Companion
Winery Tasting Notes
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.