The Penfolds Collection

Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay 2016

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.


When To Drink

Drinking well now, but will improve with time. Drinking window now – 2024.

Taste Description

Very pale straw.

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.

Expert Reviews
94 Points
“ It's finely textured, delicately floral and harmoniously seamless, lingering with tense yet ripe acidity. Another great Bin 311 and one for the cellar.” - Tyson Stelzer
Winemaker Quotes

“A great example of a regional cool-climate Bin 311 release from a warmer vintage.  Often ‘marginal’, not in 2016 - Tumbarumba delivers impressive generosity.”

“Yet again for Bin 311, the fruit certainly does all the talking! New oak? No thanks … not required.” 

“Continues to retain a wonderful point-of-difference when alongside other Penfolds chardonnays.”

- Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker

Technical Information

Origin: Tumbarumba, New South Wales, Australia.

Maturation: Nine months in seasoned French oak.

Variety: Chardonnay.

Vintage Conditions

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.

First Vintage: 2005.

“A great example of a regional cool-climate Bin 311 release from a warmer vintage.”

Peter Gago

Penfolds Chief Winemaker