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: Penfolds



For winery information see listing in the Adelaide Super-Zone

Penfolds wines from Adelaide Hills region

Penfolds wines from Barossa region

Penfolds wines from Coonawarra region

Penfolds wines from Eden Valley region

Penfolds established a vineyard here in 1990 as part of their never ending efforts to develop super-premium Chardonnays to match the established qulaity of their famous reds. The Bin 311 is main beneficiary but some of the fruit has been used in the Yattarna.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Penfolds Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay 2010

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2011, highly perfumed blossom nose but the palate doesn’t quite deliver on the promise, nicely focussed nectarine, yellow peach and lemon sherbert with some creamy barrel ferment and lees inputs on the mid-palate, clean flinty minerality and grapefruit/green apple acidity with the seasoned French oak bringing a light touch of cinnamon and cashew to the long finish, seems a bit more open and riper than the 2009 (****)

Penfolds Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay 2009

Purchased: Not ($43)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2010, high altitude substantially protected this from the late summer heat wave, intense but focussed cool climate style with green apple, nectarine and candied honey dew melon infused with chalky minerality that becomes more pronounced along the length of the palate, seasoned spicy cinnamon-cashew oak, twitchy grapefruit and malic acidity, slight smokiness (deliberate not a bushfire taint), not the greatest vintage but has fared considerably better than most of south-eastern Australia (****)

Penfolds Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay 2006

Purchased: Not ($39)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: October 2007, perfumed nectarine, lemon and grapefruit nose with a hint of snowpea, crisp and delicate with some nutty lees inputs and a chalky mineral backbone, slightly charry French oak is in the background with zesty citric acids, good cold climate style and length (****)

Penfolds Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay 2005

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: October 2006, the product of 15 years of experimentation by Penfolds with Chardonnay in the region, lemon and grapefruit nose with a hint of snowpea, complex slightly honeyed palate also shows nectarine flavours, nutty lees and the minerally backbone, subtle charry oak and a bit of acid grip for cellaring (****)