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
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.)
Now – 2021