Penfolds Bin 311 Chardonnay 2018 750ml
Bin 311 Chardonnay truly reflects the winemakers’ mantra ‘we always go where the fruit grows best and where it best suits style’.
In 2018, 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 seasoned oak.Minimal filtration is employed, preserving elegant fruit flavours.
WHEN TO DRINK
Drinking well now, but will improve with time. Drinking window now – 2025.
Colour - Light straw
Nose - Full-flavoured, endowed with a concentrated fruit spectrum of citrus, grapefruit and white peach.
Hints of sherbet, camomile and goats cheese complex the aromatic offer – a chardonnay cast assembled from three States of Australia.
Certainly, there’s quite the performance happening in the glass, with barely a swirl of the glass and some air required to light up the stage!
Palate - First and foremost, this wine extolls freshness, yet not at the expense of an endearing richness and generosity of flavour.
Whilst some may perceive it to be slightly ‘larger-framed’ than in previous years it nevertheless retains trademark Bin 311 mineral acidity and linearity.
Rockmelon and white peach fruits are pronounced. Underlying sherbet and fresh lemon tart impressions coupled with a lovely creaminess add to the structural and flavour pool.
A trademark Penfolds phenolic grip certainly doesn’t curtail length or volume. Yes, proactively rich, fresh and assertive! Drinkability? Do we have to wait?!
Origin: Adelaide Hills, Tasmania and Tumbarumba.
Maturation: 10 months in French oak barriques (30% new, 20% 1-y.o., 50% seasoned)
Wine Analysis: Alc/Vol: 13%, Acidity: 6.9 g/L, pH: 3.19.