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Bin 2 Shiraz Mataro is a classic Penfolds wine, steeped in nineteenth-century tradition. Typically it is a generous medium-bodied wine based on shiraz, but shot with the aromatics and muscular strength of mataro. It’s best to drink early, but like many of Penfolds reds can last the distance in the cellar.
Interest in Bin 2 has grown as the popularity of traditional Rhône varieties and blends continues to flourish.
Drinking well now, but will improve with time. Peak drinking window now - 2024.
Savoury, rather than fruity … albeit raspberry, pomegranate and satsuma plum aromatics do make their presence felt!
At this youthful stage, meaty pan scrapings laced with cardamom and a myriad of other spices suggest a blend sourced from more than one site, more than one variety.
A hint of dusty oak … but only a hint!
Meshed and well-integrated shiraz and mataro fruits, brimming with flavours of cured meats - notably venison, pistachio terrine.
Tannins and acidity draw out finish – these rounded tannins couple effortlessly with remnants of reluctant grainy oak.
This feathery tail flares out on the finish – no doubt aided and abetted by a crunchy and assertive mataro 15% blend shareholding.
“Not just another shiraz derivative. A time-proven Penfolds ‘Dry-Red’ style harking back well to the sixties
(not the 1860’s!).”
- Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker
Origin: Multi-regional blend, South Australia. From Wrattonbully, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Padthaway and Barossa Valley.
Maturation:12 months in seasoned American (52%) and French (48%) oak.
Wine Analysis:Alc/Vol: 14.5%, Acidity: 6.5 g/L, pH: 3.64.
Variety: 85% Shiraz and 15% Mataro.
Autumn and winter were dry and cool across South
Australia. Record-low rainfall prevailed through
September to March. The start of the growing season
was slightly delayed in the Barossa Valley and other
warmer regions. Warm conditions prevailed in the early
part of the summer allowing vines to develop healthy
canopies and good bunch set.
Some late rain in January
and early February was a welcome relief. Temperatures
in spring and early summer were above the long-term
average, resulting in an early harvest for shiraz. Cooler
conditions followed from mid-February which suited
the later ripening mataro. Grapes across all the main
growing regions were able to ripen evenly and develop
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 Mataro is still relatively uncommon in Australian table wines. Also known as Monastrell or Mourvèdre, Mataro 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.
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