Penfolds Chardonnay Tumbarumba Bin 311 2013
James Suckling
Wine Spectator
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Penfolds Chardonnay Tumbarumba Bin 311 2013

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Bin 311 Chardonnay is sourced from a single, cool-climate region. 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 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. The generosity promised on the nose is certainly delivered on the palate. A beguiling creamy texture energized by fresh, chalky acidity. Flavours of honeydew and tangelo fruits merge with those of slithered pistachio, cashew. Refreshing. Inviting.

The 2013 Chardonnay features pink grapefruit and bright citrus flavors. Sensitive lees handling and duration has enhanced mouthfeel and texture—inducing an even palate, yet retaining minerality and structural tightness. Contained, crisp, confident!

93 Points - James Suckling    A single region (Tumbarumba) in 2013, this makes a slightly grassy and quite savoury expression at this stage, mealy and biscuity, a little flinty, with hints of just ripe peach and nectarine. The palate is brisk, plenty of acid lurking below the surface and the low pH holds rich fruit in a neat line. Peach and nectarine flavours pervade the finish, will expand over time.

90 Points - Wine Spectator    A tight, crisp and steely style, with tangy tangerine, lime and green pineapple flavors, lingering on the jazzy finish. This has plenty of room to grow in the bottle. Drink now through 2020. 949 cases imported.

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