Bin 311 Chardonnay 2019 750mL screw cap bottle

The Penfolds Collection

Bin 311 Chardonnay 2019

Bin 311 Chardonnay truly reflects the winemakers’ mantra ‘we always go where the fruit grows best and where it best suits style’. In the previous release of Bin 311, fruit sourcing moved to multi-regional cool-climate regions; Adelaide Hills, Tumbarumba, Tasmania. In true Bin 311 style, it exhibits lemon/lime aromas and a mineral acid backbone, complemented by barrel-fermentation and maturation in mostly seasoned oak. Minimal filtration is employed, preserving elegant fruit flavours.

When To Drink

Drinking well now, but will improve with time. Drinking window now – 2027.

Taste Description

Very pale gold

Elegant. Subtle. Charming. The glass beckons!
A burst of lemon blossom and white spring flowers is followed by lemon pith and other citrus enticement.
Scents of cashew, pistachio-embedded nougat and beeswax remind of the wine’s sojourn in oak, avec yeast lees accompaniment. Casts quite a spell!

A persistent citrus line framed by white stone fruit – sliced fresh peach and dare mention – peach bellini.
Again, a lovely linearity evident.
All balanced by mouthwatering acidity with a subtle, nutty mealiness. Whist this acidity is quite pronounced (almost pithy), the French oak underpinning is not...
A cool-climate mix of three great Chardonnay regional sources – fulfilling all palate flavour and structural expectations. A wonderful union, an enlightened blend.
Très drinkable!

Winemaker Quotes

“Potentially one of the finest Bin 311’s to date! Early days, yet challengingly as good, if not better than the exemplary 2005.”

- Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker

Technical Information

Origin: Tasmania, Adelaide Hills, Tumbarumba.

Maturation: Eight months in French oak barriques (35% new)

Wine Analysis: Alc/Vol: 13%, Acidity: 6.8 g/L, pH: 3.15

Variety: Chardonnay.


Vintage Conditions

Tasmania experienced typically plentiful winter rainfall, however spring began quite dry with September well down on the long-term average. Generally warm spring temperatures were recorded with no significant frost events reported. Summer was very warm and very dry, conditions that prevailed through to harvest. The Adelaide Hills growing season rainfall was below average, however good falls in June and August ensured optimal soil moisture levels for budburst. Cold, wet and windy weather set in during flowering and in contrast to some warmer regions, Adelaide Hills vines were well placed to see off the summer heat spikes with few issues. Tumbarumba had significant heavy rainfalls in November. Conditions were generally hot in summer, with two heatwaves in January mitigated by cooler spells in-between. The growing season finished well, with mild conditions leading into vintage. Chardonnay displayed strong varietal character and retained good natural acidity across the three regions.

First Vintage: 2005.

“Potentially one of the finest
Bin 311’s to date! Early days, yet
challengingly as good, if not better
than the exemplary 2005.”

Peter Gago

Penfolds Chief Winemaker