2012 Tasting Notes

The 2012 vintage produced above average rainfalls throughout the growing season with a mild to warm summer. During the ripening period, optimum temperatures prevailed right through to harvest. 

This, along with lower than average crops and great canopy growth, gave way for wonderful flavour development in what is deemed an exceptional white vintage.


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Sourced solely from Adelaide Hills fruit and produced only in exceptional years.

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 barrique directly from the press, and allowed to undergo a natural fermentation, sans inoculation. 

Every barrique is its own unique 225 litre ferment. Enhanced mouth feel and complexities are achieved by fermenting on solids, using a selective mix of new and aged French oak. The wine undergoes 100% malolactic fermentation (all natural).

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Reserve Bin A Chardonnay - Bin 12A

  • Bresaola, raw vegetables, seaweed consomme, marron and fermented black garlic
  • Moroccan chicken with almond and spinach couscous
  • Rich seafood dishes and creamy sauces
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  • Show Name & Year
  • Award & Class
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    Royal Queensland Wine Show 2009
    GOLD - Class 11
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    The National Wine Show 2005
    GOLD - Class 18
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    Royal Queensland Wine Show 2007
    GOLD - Class 25
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    Royal Queensland Wine Show 2008
    GOLD
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    Vintage Cellars National Wine Show 2008
    GOLD - Class 17
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    Vintage Cellars National Wine Show 2008
    TROPHY - Class 17
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    The Oakton Chardonnay Trophy for the Best Dry White - Chardonnay - Premium Classes
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    The Winewise Championship 2010
    CHAMPIONSHIP MEDALLION
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    Champion Dry White
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    The Winewise Championship 2010
    CHAMPIONSHIP MEDALLION
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    Chardonnay Medallion
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    Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2007
    GOLD - Class 30
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    Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2009
    GOLD - Class 15
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    Royal Hobart Wine Show 2005
    GOLD - Class 17
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    Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2007
    GOLD - Class 39
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    Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2009
    TROPHY - Class 28
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    PORTAVIN INTEGRATED WINE SERVICES TROPHY for the Best Chardonnay in Classes 1, 15 & 28
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    Royal Queensland Wine Show 2007
    GOLD - Class 11
  • Penfolds Icon and Luxury Collection Reserve Bin A Chardonnay 2008
    Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2009
    TROPHY - Class 15
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    The FRANCOIS DE CASTELLA TROPHY awarded to the Best Young White Wine in Classes 5 to 11 (2009 vintage) and classes 14 to 18 (2008 vintage)
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    Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2009
    GOLD - Class 28
  • Penfolds Icon and Luxury Collection Reserve Bin A Chardonnay 2008
    Vintage Cellars National Wine Show of Australia 2009
    TROPHY - Class 16
    Trophy Details
    The Len Evans Memorial Trophy for Best Table Wine of the Show
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    Wrest Point Royal Hobart International Wine Show 2008
    GOLD - Class 17
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    Wrest Point Royal Hobart International Wine Show 2009
    GOLD - Class 19
  • Penfolds Icon and Luxury Collection Reserve Bin A Chardonnay 2005
    Wrest Point Royal Hobart International Wine Show 2007
    TROPHY - Class 17
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    The Meadowbank Estate Winery Trophy for the Best Chardonnay (Classes 5, 6, 15-18, 26, 27 & 35)
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    Wrest Point Royal Hobart International Wine Show 2007
    TROPHY - Class 17
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    The Cliff Heard Trophy for the Best Dry White
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    Wrest Point Royal Hobart International Wine Show 2009
    TROPHY - Class 19
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    Chairman's Trophy Best Wine in Show sponsored by Longfellows Group
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    Wrest Point Royal Hobart International Wine Show 2009
    TROPHY - Class 19
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    Best Chardonnay sponsored by Meadowbank Estate
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    Wrest Point Royal Hobart International Wine Show 2009
    TROPHY - Class 19
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    Best White Wine in Show sponsored by Cliff Heard
  • Penfolds Icon and Luxury Collection Reserve Bin A Chardonnay 2008
    Wrest Point Royal Hobart International Wine Show 2009
    GOLD - Class 17
  • Penfolds Icon and Luxury Collection Reserve Bin A Chardonnay 2006
    Vintage Cellars National Wine Show of Australia 2009
    TROPHY - Class 34
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    The Royal National Capital Agricultural Society Trophy - The Chardonnay Trophy - 2007 and Older vintages
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    Vintage Cellars National Wine Show of Australia 2009
    GOLD - Class 34
  • Penfolds Icon and Luxury Collection Reserve Bin A Chardonnay 2008
    Vintage Cellars National Wine Show of Australia 2009
    TROPHY - Class 16
    Trophy Details
    The Oakton Trophy for Best Dry White Table Wine - Chardonnay, Premium Classes
  • Penfolds Icon and Luxury Collection Reserve Bin A Chardonnay 2008
    Vintage Cellars National Wine Show of Australia 2009
    TROPHY - Class 16
    Trophy Details
    The J McCarthy & Co Pty Ltd Trophy for Best Dry White Table Wine
  • Penfolds Icon and Luxury Collection Reserve Bin A Chardonnay 2006
    Vintage Cellars National Wine Show of Australia 2009
    GOLD - Class 16
  • Penfolds Icon and Luxury Collection Reserve Bin A Chardonnay 2005
    Wrest Point Royal Hobart International Wine Show 2007
    GOLD - Class 17
  • Penfolds Icon and Luxury Collection Reserve Bin A Chardonnay 2007
    Vintage Cellars National Wine Show of Australia 2009
    GOLD - Class 17
  • Penfolds Icon and Luxury Collection Reserve Bin A Chardonnay 2008
    Vintage Cellars National Wine Show of Australia 2009
    TROPHY - Class 16
    Trophy Details
    The Vintage Cellars Trophy for Best White Table Wine
  • Penfolds Icon and Luxury Collection Reserve Bin A Chardonnay 2005
    Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2009
    TROPHY - Class 15
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    Best Wine in Museum Classes, sponsored by Winegrapes Australia
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    Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2009
    GOLD - Class 4
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    Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2009
    TROPHY - Class 4
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    Best Wine of Show, sponsored Malaysian Airlines, Phil Hoffman Travel
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    Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2009
    TROPHY - Class 4
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    Best Chardonnay, sponsored by Prowine
  • Penfolds Icon and Luxury Collection Reserve Bin A Chardonnay 2006
    Hyatt Advertiser South Australian Wine of the Year Awards 2008
    AWARD - Class 5
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    PROFESSIONAL JUDGES - Chardonnay & Blends
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    Hyatt Advertiser South Australian Wine of the Year Awards 2008
    AWARD - Class 5
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    CONSUMER JUDGES - Chardonnay & Blends
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    Bendigo Bank Royal Queensland Wine Show 2006
    GOLD - Class 25
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    Decanter World Wine Awards 2009
    GOLD
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    Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2007
    TROPHY - Class 4
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    Best Wine of the Show - presented by Malaysia Airlines
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    Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2008
    GOLD - Class 4
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    Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2006
    GOLD - Class 4
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    Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2007
    TROPHY - Class 4
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    Best Chardonnay of Show (class 4) - presented by Prowine
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    Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2008
    TROPHY - Class 4
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    Best Wine of the Show - Presented by Phil Hoffman Travel, Wine Busines Traveller
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    Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2009
    GOLD
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    Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2008
    TROPHY - Class 4
    Trophy Details
    Best Chardonnay of the Show - Presented by Prowine
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    Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2008
    GOLD - Class 4
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    International Chardonnay Challenge 2010
    GOLD - Class 1c
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    Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2005
    TROPHY - Class 29
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    The Schahinger Trophy for Best Chardonnay in show, donated by C A Schahinger Pty Ltd
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    Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2006
    GOLD - Class 34
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    Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2005
    GOLD - Class 29
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    Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2005
    TROPHY - Class 29
    Trophy Details
    The F Miller & Co Trophy for Best White Wine in show, donated by F Miller & Co Pty
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    Royal Brisbane Wine Show 2010
    GOLD - Class 26
  • Penfolds Icon and Luxury Collection Reserve Bin A Chardonnay
    Royal Brisbane Wine Show 2010
    GOLD
  • Penfolds Icon and Luxury Collection Reserve Bin A Chardonnay 2008
    Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2009
    GOLD - Class 28
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    Royal Brisbane Wine Show 2010
    TROPHY - Class 26
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    The A O Fleming Trophy for the best Gold Medal winning Chardonnay of the Show in classes 11, 26 & 47
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    Macquarie Bank Sydney Royal Wine Show 2006
    GOLD - Class 15
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    Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show 2010
    TROPHY - Class 35
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    The Fine Wine Partners Perpetual Trophy best show wine exhibited at major state wine shows within the last 12 months nominated by Wrest Point Royal Hobart International Wine Show
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    International Wine Challenge 2008
    GOLD
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    International Wine Challenge 2008
    TROPHY
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    Australian Chardonnay Trophy
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    National Wine Show of Australia 2007
    GOLD - Class 17
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    Perth Royal Wine Show 2007
    GOLD - Class 14
  • Penfolds Icon and Luxury Collection Reserve Bin A Chardonnay 2008
    Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show 2010
    GOLD - Class 50
  • Penfolds Icon and Luxury Collection Reserve Bin A Chardonnay 2005
    National Wine Show of Australia 2007
    GOLD - Class 35