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"