2015 Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay
In 2015, fruit sourcing has 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 a mineral acid backbone, complemented by barrel fermentation and maturation in seasoned oak. Minimal filtration is employed, preserving elegant fruit flavours.
NOSE - Citrus notes, compliments of Tumbarumba.
Also appealingly apparent - apple, nashi pear,
grated cucumber salad, snow pea and just the
faintest floral undertone.
A captivating ‘sea-spray’ lightness ethereally
hovers above this wine – airy, wispy, seductive.
Whilst oak doesn’t intrude, complexing hybrid
scents of wet oats and crushed biscuit no doubt
arise from associated yeast lees batonnage in
Bin 311’s compliant and well-seasoned Frenchoak
PALATE - Fresh nectarine and white stone fruit flavours
prevail amid traces of (calimyrna?) fig.
Hints of almond meal, unsalted cashew/
brazil nut… with a beguiling creaminess and
Chardonnay ‘waxiness’ texturally enlivening
Palate closure stylishly activated via a defined
line of slate-like/mineral acid
Frost risk was greatly reduced in Tumbarumba
due to warmer than average minimum
temperatures for spring. Rainfall during
winter and spring was minimal, reducing
canopy growth. Above average summer rainfall
(January was double the long-term average)
increased the potential for Botrytis. However,
careful vineyard management reduced disease
risk. Temperatures through January/February
were below average allowing the grapes to
develop slowly, ensuring full flavour ripeness
and retention of natural acidity.