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Penfolds Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay 2017

Penfolds Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay 2017


$ 49 .99 /bottle
Single bottle $49.99
Tasting Notes

Fresh and inviting – complexed by yeast lees-derived nougat and ground pistachio/almond/roasted chestnut. Scents of deconstructed crème brûlée ‘(flamed top and custardy middle), enhanced by ripe white nectarine and peach fruits. A liberal sprinkle of crushed rock/pebble dust (quartz, limestone?) certainly adds interest.A very lively palate of freshly sliced cucumber and lime citrus flavours hovering over a soft and succulent acid underpinning. A tight phenolic grip induces wonderful length and drive to the finish. A cool climate regional trio – three different chardonnay expressions of texture/acidity/tightness/purity coalesce, propelling combined fruits/flavours.A ‘new Bin 311’ is revealed. Nice.

Accolades & Awards

95 Point Rated - James Halliday

"From Adelaide Hills, Tasmania and Tumbarumba, matured for 8 months in French oak (25% new). Super-elegant; carries itself with sotto voce confidence, fruit, oak and acid in nigh-on perfect balance; a crisp, lively finish."

95 Point Rated - Campbell Mattinson

“Chardonnay made with grapes sourced from the Adelaide Hills, Tasmania and Tumbarumba regions. Clean, pure, highly varietal nose. White peach and nectarine, a flintiness rising. The palate introduces toast, malt, wheaty elements and a little funk, though it’s well contained. There are many elements here and yet they present in unison. Dry, serious finish. Bristling length. Excellent wine. Will mature beautifully.” 

94 Point Rated - Decanter

"Juicy, ripe lime, with flint, nougat, cashew and complex phenolic chew. Acid backbone lends focus."

93 Point Rated - Joe Czerwinski Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"Struck match, touches of toasted hazelnut and grilled peach and fresh lime notes give the 2017 Chardonnay Bin 311 ample complexity on the nose and palate. It's medium-bodied, with a touch of creaminess on the mid-palate and a long, silky finish. New for this year, it's a blend of fruit from the Adelaide Hills (56%), Tasmania (27%) and Tumbarumba (17%), so in the United States, it carries the inauspicious GI of South Eastern Australia. Don't be misled by that, as it's a serious, classy wine for a very reasonable price."

92 Point Rated - Andrew Caillard MW

“Pale colour. Intensely fresh white apricot, “fino” aromas with roasted nut, gun flint nuances. Well concentrated white apricot, peach, bitter lemon yeasty, cashew nut flavours, fine loose knit chalky al-dente textures, classic mid-palate suppleness and long crisp acidity. Minerally wine with attractive generosity of fruit and freshness. An early drinking style for aficionados with lovely varietal definition and tension. 92 points.”

91 Point Rated - Tyson Stelzer

“Fruit sourcing has moved to cool-climate, multi-regional. Adelaide Hills, Tasmania, Tumbarumba; eight months in 25% new French oak. With a new regional recipe, the mood of Bin 311 has taken a dramatic change. It contrasts fleshy, spicy white nectarine presence with grapefruit complexity, overlaid with the roast cashew nut character of French oak, which will benefit from time to fully integrate. Acidity is well integrated on a long finish.” 

18/20 Points - Matthew Jukes

"Rather more related to its tri-regional make-up than its purist Tumbarumba past, this is a more expressive and more sensual wine than in years gone by, but it still retains tension and it is a very different wine to the other Chardonnays in the portfolio. The oak seems nuttier and patisserie-marked and this allows the fruit to grow a little more in the glass."

91 Point Rated - Anthony Rose Decanter

90 Point Rated - Huon Hooke

"Light yellow colour, toasted nut bouquet with almond and cashew hints. The palate soft and easygoing, gentle and rounded, the acidity is fresh and balanced and not shrill. The finish is clean and dry and balanced, smooth and refreshing. Oak is balanced and subtle. Straightforward and very pleasant."


Bin 311 Chardonnay truly reflects the winemakers’ mantra ‘we always go where the fruit grows best and where it best suits style’. In 2017, the fruit sourcing has moved to cool-climate multi-regional; Adelaide Hills, Tasmania, Tumbarumba. In true Bin 311 style, it exhibits lemon/lime aromas and a mineral acid backbone, complemented by barrel fermentation and maturation in French oak.

Vintage: 2017

Adelaide Hills, Tasmania and Tumbarumba.

Grape Variety: Chardonnay
Cellaring: Drink now cellar up to 2025
Bottle Top: Stelvin
Alcohol Content: 12.50
Standard Drinks: 7.40
Rating: 95
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