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Penfolds Bin 2 Shiraz Mataro Red Wine 2017 75cl

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Penfolds 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, 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. 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.

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Grape: Mataro, Shiraz
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 the harvest. The prevailing autumnal conditions favouring fully ripened grapes with well-developed colours and flavours.
Savoury, rather than fruity. 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, meshed and well-integrated shiraz and mataro fruits, brimming with flavours of cured meats - notably venison, pistachio terrine. Tannins and acidity draw out the finish.

Drinking well now, but will improve with time. Peak drinking window now - 2029. 

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Wine Brand Penfolds
Country Australia
Volume (cl) 75
ABV (% vol) 14.5
Red Wine Expression Complex, Juicy, Oaked, Spicy
Wine Region Barossa Valley, Mclaren Vale, Wrattonbully
Closure Cork
Gift boxed No
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