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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 pale straw.
Intense white peach, lemon blossom, cashew nut, cream and elderflower integrate with a very subtle oak background.
Lemon sorbet runs in unison with slate / schist minerality. The palate has a fine structure with texture and remarkable linearity.
Barrel ferment and lees derived complexity creates further intrigue.
Taut, tight, linear and lithe! Tumbarumba's cool climate and high altitude continue to swing Australia's Chardonnay pendulum in the right direction.
Origin: Tumbarumba, New South Wales, Australia.
Maturation: This wine was matured for seven months in seasoned French oak barriques.