Bin 311 Chardonnay is sourced to style from a single, cool-climate (and some would say risky, marginal) region. In 2015, 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 a mineral acid backbone, complemented by barrel fermentation and maturation in seasoned oak. Minimal filtration is employed, preserving elegant fruit flavours.
Winter rainfall replenished the soil profiles and water reserves for the start of the growing season. 2016 was one of the warmest growing seasons on record. Temperatures were well above the long term average during spring which encouraged excellent canopy growth and fruit-set. A warm and dry summer led to a very early and compressed harvest. Tumbarumba 2016 vintage produced high yields of great quality.
“Quite a bit of leesiness on the nose. Crisp and stony, dry. Far from opulent. Not that long at the moment. But many will appreciate the low alcohol of this. Clean and crisp. A bit of smokiness on the nose but lime rather than struck match. Far from opulent.” Jancis Robinson
2016 vintage 18.5 Matthew Jukes
2015 vintage 16.5 Jancis Robinson