Penfolds Bin 311 Chardonnay 2018 (6 x 750mL), Tumbarumba, NSW.

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Overview

Bin 311 Chardonnay truly reflects the winemakers’ mantra ‘we always go where the fruit grows best and where it best suits style’.

In 2018, fruit sourcing moved to multi-regional cool-climate regions; Adelaide Hills, Tumbarumba, Tasmania. In true Bin 311 style, it exhibits lemon/lime aromas and a mineral acid backbone, complemented by barrel fermentation and maturation in seasoned oak.Minimal filtration is employed, preserving elegant fruit flavours.

Region:
NSW - Other New South Wales
State:
New South Wales
Country:
Australia

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Light straw.

Aroma

Full-flavoured, endowed with a concentrated fruit spectrum of citrus, grapefruit and white peach.

Hints of sherbet, camomile and goats cheese complex the aromatic offer – a chardonnay cast assembled from three States of Australia.

Certainly, there’s quite the performance happening in the glass, with barely a swirl of the glass and some air required to light up the stage!

Palate

First and foremost, this wine extolls freshness, yet not at the expense of an endearing richness and generosity of flavour.

Whilst some may perceive it to be slightly ‘larger-framed’ than in previous years it nevertheless retains trademark Bin 311 mineral acidity and linearity.

Rockmelon and white peach fruits are pronounced. Underlying sherbet and fresh lemon tart impressions coupled with a lovely creaminess add to the structural and flavour pool.

A trademark Penfolds phenolic grip certainly doesn’t curtail length or volume. Yes, proactively rich, fresh and assertive! Drinkability? Do we have to wait?!

Drinking well now, but will improve with time. Drinking window now – 2025.

Origin: Adelaide Hills, Tasmania and Tumbarumba.

Maturation: 10 months in French oak barriques (30% new, 20% 1-y.o., 50% seasoned)

Wine Analysis: Alc/Vol: 13%, Acidity: 6.9 g/L, pH: 3.19.

Variety: Chardonnay.

Medals & Trophies

97 Points - Andrew Caillard MW

95 Points - Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com

93 Points - Campbell Mattinson

93 Points - Angus Hughson

Vintage
2018
Region
NSW - Other New South Wales
Grape Style
Chardonnay
Closure Type
Screwcap closure
Alcohol
13%

Winery Profile

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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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