Penfolds `Bin A` Chardonnay 2014 (6 x 750mL), Adelaide Hills, SA.

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Penfolds Reserve Bin A Chardonnay has evolved into a wine that is now a distinctive, single-region style in its own right, with a contemporary and distinctive Adelaide Hills Chardonnay persona. All fruit is hand-picked into small bins and then whole-bunch pressed. The juice is incrementally filled to barrel directly from the press and allowed to undergo a natural fermentation, sans inoculation. Every new and seasoned French oak barrique is its own unique 225-litre ferment. Enhanced mouthfeel and complexity is achieved by fermenting on solids, 100% malolactic fermentation (all natural).

Above-average winter rainfalls replenished Adelaide Hills soil profiles for the start of the 2014 growing season. Spring rainfall was below the long-term average and cool weather allowed for an extended flowering period. A significant rainfall event in mid-February had minimal impact, simply slowing harvest and drier/milder conditions. This then ensured balanced flavour development, fruit exhibiting a brightness endowed with crisp acid retention and impressive fruit quality.

SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
South Australia

Expert Reviews

Handpicked and pressed straight to French barriques (82% new) for wild fermentation and 9 months maturation. The impact of the bouquet is immediate and multifaceted, with a perfectly judged touch of struck match/flint. The palate takes the wine onto another plane altogether, with imperious drive and tenacity to its unsweetened grapefruit and white peach flavours.

Rating 97 - Drink by 2024 - James Halliday, Wine Companion - Sep 2015

Winery Tasting Notes


Very pale straw – white gold.


Powerfully aromatic – grapefruit, quince, fresh linen and evocative scented candle wax aromas confidently ascend. Ensuing, a savoury edge commensurate from this blend’s time in barrique on lees –non-cured cold meats and almond meal. And to sign-off, an ever-so-slight scent of rock flint.


Definitive Adelaide Hills fruited traits – stone fruit, white peach and nectarine. A fluffy peach-skin texture leading to a powdery acid finish. Compliant oak plays a supporting role, in no way either protruding nor detracting. Acidity is both balanced and focussed – offering great drive across the palate.


Nine months in French oak barriques (82% new and 18% 1-y.o.)

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Now – 2021

SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
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Australia's winemaking history of less than two hundred years is brief by European measures though, like Europe, punctuated by periods of extreme success and difficult times. From the earliest winemaking days Penfolds has figured prominently and few would argue the importance of Penfolds' influence on Australia's winemaking psyche.

Without the influence of Penfolds the modern Australian wine industry would look very different indeed. Sitting comfortably outside of fad and fashion, Penfolds has taken Australian wine to the world on a grand stage and forged a reputation for quality that is without peer.

Penfolds' reputation for making wines of provenance and cellaring potential might suggest a mantle of tradition and formality is the preferred attire of a company with so much history to defend. But to label Penfolds as simply an established and conventional winemaker, would be to confuse tradition with consideration and to overlook the innovative spirit that has driven Penfolds since its foundation, and continues to find expression in modern times.

If there is anything traditional about Penfolds, it is the practice of constantly reviewing the wines it already does well, and continuously evolving and refining styles as vineyards mature and access to ever older and more varied vineyard sites improves.

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