2019 Penfolds Bin 311 Chardonnay, 750ml
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.
COLOUR: Very pale straw with lime green hues
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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