Tuesday, March 10, 2009

WHY WINE: Joeshico Wine Review; Penfolds Bin 2

A few years ago, I tried a few Australian wines and was not impressed at all. So, I stayed away until just recently. A few friends were telling me about Greg Norman, Lindemann and Penfolds wines and how great they are. So, tonight I opened a bottle of Penfolds Bin 2 Shiraz Mourvedre 2006.
Now I am totally impressed.
I think I have a nose that picks up cherry and plum easily. First sniff I knew this is going to be an enjoyable wine and first sip confirmed that.
Bin 2 is a multi-regional blend drawing fruit from warmer vineyard sites including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek.
The 2006 is a blend of 75% Shiraz to 25% Mourvedre. The Mourvedre, a native grape of Spain, gives this wine a dark crimson to purplish color. There are hints of licorice and the book says some spice. I never, or hardly ever pick up spice. I am no threat to Gary Vaynerchuk or Robert Parker with my limited sense of smell. But, then again, who cares what it smells like if it taste good. The wine finishes good, not great, but good.
Although I very seldom stray away from Italian wines with my veal, I think, next time, I will try this. This wine also stands on it's own. I am really enjoying this as I write this post. Penfolds Bin 2 Shiraz Mourvedre, you have changed my opinion of Australian Wines.
My local price is $16, before my discount.
At least an 87/88 joeshico rating.
Take it from a novice: "Great Buy"


The Wine Whore said...

I am a huge Penfolds fan but haven't tried this one yet... great review! I will definitely pick this one up on my next wine run.

WineGuy said...

Hey guys...I like the Penfolds, but I've had the Greg Norman twice and really didn't like it at all.

The Buddhist Conservative said...

There are great wines being made in every country that makes wine. The Australian wine industry is massive leading to a mix of some great wines and a lot of plonk.

For me, Australian Shiraz is all about fruit forwardness. The regions are diverse so wine from Orange will be different from those grown in the Clare Valley.

It's been a while since I have tasted the Penfold and I think it may be time to try it again.

Thanks for the review.


Shelly said...

I love Lindemann Bin 40. but haven't tried the Penfolds. I'll be on the lookout for that. Great review, thanks for the tip.

laidyv2008 said...

outstanding info!!

The Wino said...

Australian reds were what made me fall in love with wine, Greg Norman Cab/Merlot to be exact. This was back in 2000, I think... Since, Greg Norman wines have not been so good sadly. I have enjoyed many of the Lindemans (mostly as second bottle) And the top tiers of Penfolds have been very good. Did not know about the Shiraz/ mouvedre! I can not wait to try this one! Thanks for the review!

The Wino said...

I recently tried this wine on your recomendation, and it was great! I do not recomend it with the bolognaise I made to go with it though. I will be getting it again and just enjoy it by itself!