Reserve Bin A Adelaide Hills Chardonnay
2013

Cellar or enjoy

Drinking well now, but will improve with time. ?

Vintage History:

DESCRIPTION
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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Origin Adelaide Hills – extending from the Piccadilly Valley to Birdwood.
Maturation Matured for 8–9 months in specially selected tightly grained French oak barriques of varying ages. Lees retention and stirring (battonage).
Fermentation 100% barrel fermented / 100% malolactic fermentation.
Variety Chardonnay.
First Vintage 1994.
92+ points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (US) Reserve Bin A Chardonnay 2012
96 points 2013 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion (Australia) Reserve Bin A Chardonnay 2010
Trophy and Gold Medal 2013 International Wine Challenge (UK) Reserve Bin A Chardonnay 2010
Gold Medal 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards (UK) Reserve Bin A Chardonnay 2010
5 Trophies and 1 Gold medal 2012 International Wine Challenge (UK) Reserve Bin A Chardonnay 2010
Best White Wine in the World 2011 International Wine Challenge (UK) Reserve Bin A Chardonnay 2009
5 Trophies and 1 Gold medal 2012 International Wine Challenge (UK) Reserve Bin A Chardonnay 2010
Gold Medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2012 (UK) Reserve Bin A Chardonnay 2009
Gold Medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2009 (UK) Reserve Bin A Chardonnay 2007
Gold Medal and Trophy - Australian Chardonnay Trophy International Wine Challenge 2008 (UK) Reserve Bin A Chardonnay 2006
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Peter Gago
Penfolds Chief Winemaker

“The sanctioned marriage of Adelaide Hills and Chardonnay in union with barrel fermentation/French oak…converts any sceptic into a true believer! Niche found!”

VINTAGE CONDITIONS

Welcomed winter rains and an early burst of spring warmth resulted in healthy vines. Windy conditions during flowering reduced yields. Daytime temperatures remained warmer than average throughout the growing season while nights remained cool. Near-perfect conditions for ripening were conducive to low disease pressure. The combination of low crops and mild conditions during ripening promoted quality via rich, varietal fruit characters and a heightened intensity of flavour and natural acidity - the hallmarks of the vintage.