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Bin 311 Chardonnay truly reflects the winemakers' mantra of going 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. In true Bin 311 style, not unlike Yattarna, 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.
" Pale gold. Lovely clarity, volume and crunchy persistency. Not for the long term but delicious to drink now.
A great follow up vintage showing the hallmarks of multi-regional, multi-vineyard sourcing, precision winemaking and assemblage; the Tasmania factor playing first violin. "
" There is an immediacy and an amicable approachability to this vintage, thanks to mid-palate presence, intricately uniting the white peach, lemon and fig of impeccably ripe fruit with the cashew nut of French oak and the subtle struck flint reductive allure that signs Penfolds chardonnay. A great 311. "
"Some depth of gold/yellow in the colour. The aromas include gentle nutty notes, a hint of oak, barely, and of struck match. The wine is nicely balanced and moves towards appealing stonefruit characters – peaches. Tropical notes also emerge on the finish – mango and banana. A fresh style with some very early complexity and a pleasing flick of acidity. Decent length. Exceeds expectations, given the vintage."
Fruit: Fleshy white peach, lemon verbena, a pithy citrus lift and a spray of spring blossom.
Lees?: A mascarpone creaminess and scents of emulsified toasted cashew and almond nougat.
Sources?: Subtle flint, wet stone and sea spray. (Granted, a blend from many soils, vineyards, climes. But three states … really?!).
Result: Aromatically relaxed – character and style. Complex.
Very fine, enchantingly endowed with an elegant, ethereal lightness.
Yet the fruits are ‘intense’ - white peach and nectarine immediately jump the queue.
Textbook aligned geological and cool-climate descriptors - limestone, chalky/talcy minerality, saline(y), quartz.
Mouth-watering; avec linearity and persistence.
Surprisingly, oak hasn’t been mentioned …
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Tasmania enjoyed above-average rainfall across the growing season, dominated by a wetter than average February, March and April.
The White Hills vineyard near Launceston recorded their highest total April rainfall in 20 years. September and November were cooler than average due to lower minimum temperatures, with only two days above 35°C recorded in January. Harvest was delayed by cool conditions and intermittent rain. The Adelaide Hills experienced an extended dry season. A normal and even budburst occurred in early September 2019 in cool, dry conditions. October was warmer, encouraging vines to accelerate their growth, however a cool November slowed vine phenology and canopy development. The region was hit by devastating fires in December with significant loss of vines.
Decent rainfall towards the end of January reduced vine stress just before veraison. Autumn arrived early with long sunny days and cool nights, perfect for finishing off ripening. Henty enjoyed near long-term average annual rainfall and spring temperatures. However, there were some instances of frost in September and October that effected the fruitfulness of the buds. Like other parts of Australia, December
was hot and dry, but Henty was spared the fires that troubled some regions. Conditions settled in January, while February was reported as the coldest on record with high humidity due to consecutive days of drizzle. An orderly vintage produced some outstanding parcels of chardonnay.
Key to the success of Penfolds has been a lineage of visionary winemakers. There have only ever been four Chief Winemakers at the helm of Penfolds – Max Schubert, Don Ditter, John Duval and Peter Gago, each a custodian of a rich winemaking tradition that goes back for more than 170 years.
Our current Penfolds winemaking team has more than 100 years between them as Penfolds winemakers. They are constantly refining and improving their work, whilst honouring the winemaking techniques of their predecessors.