Bin 2 Shiraz Mourvèdre

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Drinking well now, but will improve with time. ?

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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.
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Origin Multi-district blend, South Australia, including Barossa Valley (SA), Clare Valley (SA), McLaren Vale (SA) and Langhorne Creek (SA).
Maturation 12 months maturation in 5- or 6-year-old oak hogsheads and larger vats.
Fermentation Stainless steel fermenters.
Variety Shiraz and Mourvèdre (Mataro).
First Vintage 1960.
92 points 2013 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion (Australia) Bin 2 Shiraz Mourvèdre 2011
93 points 2013 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion (Australia) Bin 2 Shiraz Mourvèdre 2010

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Behind Bin 2 Shiraz Mourvèdre

Peter Gago
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."


Winter rainfall was lower than the long-term average for most parts of South Australia. Variable conditions continued through the period from October to December, merging to a mild summer, with a few short periods of heat. The mild daytime temperatures and cool evenings across most of the ripening period, allowed for impressive flavour development, without inflated baumes. Balanced canopies matched fruit load, providing even yet not too speedy ripening. Warm dry conditions continued throughout harvest with fruit picked in optimal condition. Smaller berry and bunch sizes were noticeable in most regions and this, coupled with favourable weather conditions, saw great results for some quality markers – colour, tannin profile, fruit concentration and flavour depth.