Volume : 750ml , ABV : 12.5%
Bin 311 Chardonnay is sourced to style from a single, cool-climate region. In 2016, fruit sourcing has again come from Tumbarumba – one of Australia’s most exciting, cool-climate, high-altitude, viticultural districts. Penfolds has worked with chardonnay from Tumbarumba since the early 1990s. The Bin 311 style typically 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.
COLOUR : Very pale straw.
NOSE : Fruits instantly arise ever so effortlessly - guava, lychee, green mango. Followed by (theorised) barrel fermentation-induced nougat, and wafts of freshly-baked apple galette. And to sign-off, whilst there is acknowledgement of a whiff of cordite (lees-derived?), no oak registers…
The generosity promised on the nose is certainly delivered on the palate. A beguiling creamy texture energised by fresh, chalky acidity. Flavours of honeydew and tangelo fruits merge with those of slithered pistachio, cashew. Refreshing. Inviting.