2022 Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay, Penfolds, Australia

2022 Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay, Penfolds, Australia

Chardonnay is the hidden gem of the Penfolds range, easily overlooked given the prestige of their red wines. It's made from grapes from a range of brilliant cool-climate sites in Tasmania, Tumbarumba and Adelaide Hills. As a result it has tons of complexity in its fruit flavours, with nectarine, zesty citrus, and richer tropical fruit. There are delicate baking spices and chalky notes on the palate. This is a fantastic example of the new modern Aussie Chardonnay, balancing rich, zesty fruit with careful use of reduction and oak.

Critic score
94.5/100 info
Case, 6 Bottles
In stock
In stock

Wine details

  • Region & country
  • Grape
  • Maturity
    Ready 2023 - 2036info
  • Colour
  • Sweetness
  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV

Tasting notes

The 2022 Bin 311 Chardonnay hails from three regions: Tasmania (38%), Tumbarumba (33%) and the Adelaide Hills (29%). It matured in French oak for eight months (34% new). Crushed salted nuts, white peach and layers of nectarine and green apple populate the palate. It's svelte, polished and classy to a tee. It has the Penfolds phenolic stamp of seamlessness without being glossy or overdone. Lovely wine. Pleasure here! It was a lovely season in all three regions. Drink 2023 – 2032. 12.5% alc

Erin Larkin, Wine Advocate

Extremely restrained and chewy. Quite a bit of oak influence on the nose. Australian austerity means it’s clean and lifted but not that much fun on the palate. Light smokiness – I don’t suppose any of these ingredients have seen much oxygen! Drink 2024 – 2028. 12.5% alc

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com

Clean, bright, and primary with lovely purity and oodles of fleshy peachiness on the front of the palate, Bin 311 tightens up eventually, but not as firmly as it has done in the past. The result is a layered, open, buoyant and forward-drinking wine with more precocity than of late. The oak adds a degree of succulence, giving the impression of a fuller-framed wine, but the fruit maintains a relatively slender framework. Drink now – 2030. 12.5% alc

Matthew Jukes, matthewjukes.com

A third each of Tasmania, Adelaide Hills and Tumbarumba fruit, 'Baby Yattarna' is a belter this vintage, benefiting from a significant portion of wine originally destined for Yattarna and Reserve Bin A. The generosity of the latter's ripe nectarine and pistachio croissant richness grabs you first, but then cleansing acidity, oyster shell tang and bright lemon balm, grapefruit peel and lime juice perkiness take over, meaning your initial impression of opulence ends up as graceful and restrained. The eight months in French barrique (34% new) delivers roundness and mouthfeel more than toasty spice, and the pure fruit flavours linger long. A great buy this vintage, for drinking now or to cellar. Drink 2023 – 2023. 12.5% alc

Tina Gellies, Decanter

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