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Bin 2 was first released in 1960, yet was temporarily 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, mediumbodied 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. Often used in fortified wine production, this grape is widely planted in the Barossa Valley.
It is 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.
Drinking well now, but will improve with time. Peak drinking window now - 2029.
Mediterranean notes of savoury ratatouille, sundried tomato, olive tapenade, Moroccan spices and charcoal roasted roast game.
Balancing the savoury notes are aromatic blueberries, exotic red fruits, perfumed cranberry and fresh pomegranate.
A delightfully complex amalgam of savoury green olives, pepperoni with a hint of sweet/salty Dutch liquorice.
Soft blue fruits to the fore with textured tannins providing grip.
An expansive palate gives this wine generosity and presence.
93 Points - Andrew Caillard MW
92 Points - Campbell Mattinson
Origin: Multi-regional blend, South Australia. From McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, Padthaway and Wrattonbully.
Maturation: Eight months in French oak (10% new) and American oak hogsheads.
Wine Analysis: Alc/Vol: 14.5%, Acidity: 6.4 g/L, pH: 3.61.
Variety: Shiraz and Mataro.
Above average winter and spring rainfall offered the vines in South Australia healthy soil moisture profiles for the growing season. Cool conditions prevailed across the state in early spring, delaying the commencement of the growing season.
Temperatures gradually started to warm in October. There was plentiful rain during the growing season and no prolonged heatwaves recorded during the summer months, with only a few days reaching 40ºC.
The late start to the season delayed veraison and the commencement of harvest. Weather conditions during the final stages of ripening were dry with March rainfall falling below the long-term average. April was mild, allowing for an orderly completion of harvest. The prevailing autumnal conditions favouring fully ripened grapes with well-developed colours and flavours.
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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