Friday, 25 September 2009

Penfolds 'Bin 2' Shiraz Mourvedre 2006

South Australia, RM50 (HK$115), cork seal

Penfolds is perhaps Australia's most iconic winery and their bin range offers premium wines from a variety of different styles and vineyards. Bin 2 comes from a several South Australian regions including the Barossa, Clare, McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek. I guess this sees old rather than new oak, but the Penfolds website is strangely out of date on details; the last vintage listed is 2003. I purchased this bored while wandering the average surrounds of Kula Lumpier International Airport's Low Cost Carrier Terminal. I'm struggling to see the point in mentioning the colour of wine. Is it worth it? So, anyway, Penfolds 'Bin 2' Shiraz Mourvedre 2006 is a dark purple colour (and?). The nose isn't massive, actually it's pretty reserved with just a hint of chocolate and cassis. Medium bodied it tastes of red fruits and a sprinkling of dried herbs. There are some grainy tannins and a touch of fresh acidity, but despite all this it doesn't quite cut it. Short and simple, it seems underdone and uninspiring. Maybe it's just been over shadowed but the seductive Amavi Cellars Syrah 2003 we drunk before it, but this does nothing for me. Penfolds 'Bin 2' Shiraz Mourvedre 2006 just doesn't offer much excitement.

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