Penfolds ‘Bin 2’ Shiraz-Mataro
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 Rhone 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 Mourvedre, 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. Interest in Bin 2 has grown as the popularity of traditional Rhone varieties and blends continues to flourish. t’s bold and dark, creamy and concentrated, with blackberried fruit, suede-like notes, clove and vanilla cream all laid on. This wasn’t bottled at the time of the annual tasting so a review bottle was sent: I opened it and promptly polished off more than I’d care to responsibly admit. It has both heaviness and heat but it swooshes through the mouth with confidence and ease.
About The Brand
Since 1844, Penfolds has played a pivotal role in the evolution of winemaking with a history and heritage that profoundly reflects Australia’s journey from colonial settlement to the modern era. Penfold’s collection of benchmark wines was established in a spirit of innovation and the constant and endless pursuit of quality, evidenced by the secret bottling of Grange in 1951 and the unbroken line of vintages of what is now Australia’s most iconic wine.
Today, the collection continues to display the distinctive and consistently recognizable Penfolds ‘House Style’; the ultimate expression of Penfold’s time-honored tradition of sourcing the best fruit from the best regions.
Historic blends, significant milestones, and heritage vineyards have been honored by a lineage of custodians whose courage imagination, precision, and humility have ensured Penfolds remains true to its original values while remaining relevant for current and future generations. The stories and philosophies behind each label bring a timeless quality, making Penfolds wines special and compelling for collectors and drinkers the world over.