Penfolds Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay

Penfolds Senior White Winemaker Kym Schroeter is quietly critical of his 2013 and 2014 Tumbarumba chardonnays for their fuller and richer style, saying he’d like to see more fine mineral character. He’s too hard on himself, and is to be applauded for such a refined and well crafted Bin 311 from a season of hot, dry January and cool, wet autumn. He worked the wine harder on lees as a result, with regular stirring over eight months in old French oak barriques, capturing the struck flint and charcuterie of Penfolds chardonnay craftsmanship, set against the white peach and grapefruit backdrop of Tumbarumba. It has purity of crystalline acid presence, tang and poise, with excellent line and length. An impressive vintage for Bin 311. 15 October 2015 release.