Saturday, August 15, 2009


 - Tumbarumba, NSW
 - $36-$50
 - Screwcap
 - 13.0%alc

Australia's foremost red wine producer, Penfolds, has obviously turned a good part of their attention towards chardonnay. The Tumbarumba sourced 2008 Bin 311 sits third on their upper tier of chardonnay, behind the flagship Yattarna (varying regions) and Bin A (Adelaide Hills), but why South Australia's most famous winery looks beyond their own borders for this premium, single region wine perplexes me somewhat.

Scented with clean, nutty vanilla oak, its savoury aroma of grain and wheatmeal with grapefruit tones exudes restrained elegance and poise. Rather full on intensity at this youthful stage, the palate's mouthfilling acidity leaps from its crystal clear flavours of grapefruit, mineral and lemon with tightly knit creamy oak.  Exceptionally refined and pure, it finishes with brisk, lingering, crystalline-like grapefruit acids and lasting impression.

ü A very tight, refined and refreshing chardonnay in the modern Australian, cool climate mould; Penfolds' Bin 311 would benefit greatly from a little more time in the bottle to develop more richness. Drink 2011-2015.
92 points

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