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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.
Very light straw.
Time on yeast lees and regular stirring has delivered a Bin 311 of great aromatic complexity.
Biscuity, brioche amid scents of roasted nuts – hazelnut, macadamia.
Elements of sea spray with honeydew and guava fruits.
Again – a leesy complexity, quite biscuity – shortbread?
At the same time this wine manifests an understated elegance, adorned with lemon curd/citrus.
A balanced chalky acid structure courts a classic tapered finish.
Stylistically, no new oak required.