The Penfolds Collection

Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay 2015

Bin 311 Chardonnay is sourced from a single, cool-climate (and some would say risky, marginal) region and each year the fruit selection is made to reflect the Bin 311 style. In 2014, 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.

When To Drink

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

Taste Description

Light straw.

Fresh and inviting – complexed by yeast lees-derived nougat and ground pistachio/almond/roasted chestnut.
Scents of deconstructed crème brûlée ‘(flamed top and custardy middle), enhanced by ripe white nectarine and peach fruits.
A liberal sprinkle of crushed rock/pebble dust (quartz, limestone?) certainly adds interest.

A very lively palate of freshly sliced cucumber and lime citrus flavours hovering over a soft and succulent acid underpinning.
A tight phenolic grip induces wonderful length and drive to the finish.
A cool climate regional trio – three different chardonnay expressions of texture/acidity/tightness/purity coalesce, propelling combined fruits/flavours.
A ‘new Bin 311’ is revealed. Nice.


95 Points - Campbell Mattinson

95 Points - James Halliday

93 Points Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

92 Points - Andrew Caillard MW

91 Points - Tyson Stelzer

91 Points - Anthony Rose, Decanter

90 Points Huon Hooke

18 - Matthew Jukes

Winemaker Quotes

“A deliberately different Bin 311 – at a stylistic crossroad. It happens – e.g. when Bin 28 in the 1960’s outgrew Kalimna.”

“No intention to ever abandon Tumbarumba … yet Tasmania and Adelaide Hills fruits also coolly beckon..” 

“Add a little new oak to interlock any regional irregularity to seal the deal ➝ Bin 311 re-invention, re-birth, resurrection!”

- Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker

Technical Information

Origin: Adelaide Hills, Tasmania and Tumbarumba.

Maturation: Eight months in French oak (25% new).

Wine Analysis: Alc/Vol: 12.5%, Acidity: 6.4 g/L, pH: 3.17.

Variety: Chardonnay.

Vintage Conditions

The source regions for Bin 311 Chardonnay all enjoyed plentiful winter rainfall, with several records broken. In Tasmania, good winter rainfall continued well into spring. Tumbarumba in New South Wales was above the long-term average while the Adelaide Hills recorded the highest annual rainfall since 1992. Across all regions, the 2017 season was a return to more average conditions, following the warm, dry and early 2016 vintage. Maximum spring temperatures were low but minimum temperatures were higher than average and there was no frost. .

In contrast to the high rainfall in winter and spring, the season ended dry and clear. February conditions were unusually cool and dry, and as a result the grapes showed fine acidity and elegance. Harvest was pushed back by the generally cooler conditions, which allowed grapes to slowly develop flavour intensity. A warm and dry March provided a perfect end to the season with strong quality markers across all regions.

First Vintage: 2005.

“A deliberately different Bin 311 – at a stylistic crossroad.”

Peter Gago

Penfolds Chief Winemaker