2019 Penfolds Bin 2, 750ml
Penfold Winery with over 160 years history. The founder Dr. Christopher Rawson Penfold immigrated from London, England to Adelaide, Australia in 1845. He collected some vine branches from the south of France and planted the first batch of grapes near the cottage. Name with his wife's residence name in UK, The Grange. Originally only for brewing wine for pharmaceutical use, but did not expect to embark on the road of Australian wine king.
Penfold's winemaking philosophy is to use sufficient grape resources to make a variety of styles of wines. In addition to The Grange, other wines are also popular.
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.
Penfold Bin 2 Shiraz Mataro is a blend of 86% Shiraz, 14% Mataro; this wine is also known as an 'Australian Burgundy' style wine due to its mellow style. After opening the bottle, it has some jelly, coconut, cream and smoky flavors, followed by pepper, cherry, licorice and other aromas. The entrance wine is round and silky, with a sense of layering, and the tannins are not strong but clear. The delicate and long tail rhyme has a vaguely soft and firm flavor.
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