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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 - 2023.
No sooner poured and a lively, unmistakable ‘Bin 2’ nose immediately projected. Inviting.
Alongside red wine familial are scents of fresh mettwurst and venison carpaccio. Also detected: lightly seared or tartare(d) beef.
Indian spices and also mustard seed arise. Possibly a skerrick of rosemary, pepper?
Succulent, juicy, fresh. Oak in hiding?
Above an alluring savoury base are disparate flavours of quince tart and sticky date pudding.
Very drinkable. An almost European disposition – relaxed, inviting. Beckons food, implores replenishment!
Origin: Multi-regional blend, South Australia. From Upper Adelaide, Wrattonbully, Barossa Valley, Padthaway, McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek.
Maturation: 12 months in seasoned French and American oak barrels.
Variety: 82% Shiraz and 18% Mataro.
Autumn and winter rainfall were above the long-term average. Rain stopped abruptly in early August with only light showers observed throughout spring. Low top soil moisture halted canopy growth early in the season giving vines an open canopy.
A significant rainfall event in early January was a defining moment, giving the vines a much needed boost during veraison. February brought weekend heat spikes, pushing mean maximum temperatures well above the average resulting in early ripening and harvest.
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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