Penfolds Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay 2016 (Australia)
$93.99 $80.99 price per bottle
James Suckling Review
Some assertive toasty oak, almost candied nuts and toffee-like notes layered across bright spiced pear and peach fruits. The palate has a smooth sleeve of rich lemon, grapefruit, pear and green melon fruit, slippery glossy textural appeal and good depth. Drink now.
Wine Advocate Review
Penfolds' cool climate Chardonnay offering, the 2016 Chardonnay Bin 311, has fresh white peach, lemon curd and Golden Delicious apple with hints of honeysuckle and lightly browned toast. Light to medium-bodied, it has a lively line of acid lifting the pure stone fruit and apple flavors, finishing on a mineral note. Drink 2017-2022.
Wine Enthusiast Review
Tumbarumba is the coolest wine growing region in New South Wales, thanks to altitudes ranging from nearly 1,000 feet to over 2,500 feet. Bin 311 has captured this cool-climate goodness in its Chardonnay, which is a bright-toned combo of salt, lemon rind and toasted nuts. The palate is a fine balance of fruit weight and prickly acidity with a chalky texture and a long lemony finish.
Fresh and inviting - complexed by yeast lees-derived nougat and ground pistachio/almond/roasted chestnut. Scents of deconstructed creme brulee (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 flavors hovering over a soft and succulent acid underpinning. A tight phenolic grip induces wonderful length and drive to the finish.