Penfolds Bin 2 Shiraz Mourvèdre

Like Bin 8, I’ve never seen Penfolds open a bottle of Bin 2 to show it off, yet this blend of shiraz (81%) and mourvèdre (19%) from the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale is well-crafted, appealing and fruit-focused. Blackberries and black cherries are along for the ride, amid lifted notes of violets and the layered cool vintage pepper and fennel crunch of 2011. Mourvèdre lends an earthy overtone and a coarse rusticity to the tannins. Its fruit loses its focus somewhere along the way, but it retains its seamless balance, in an earlier drinking style.