Penfolds Reserve Bin A Chardonnay has evolved into a wine that is now a distinctive, single-region style in its own right, with a contemporary and distinctive Adelaide Hills Chardonnay persona. All fruit is hand-picked into small bins and then whole-bunch pressed. The juice is incrementally filled to barrel directly from the press, and allowed to undergo a natural fermentation, sans inoculation. Every new and seasoned French oak barrique is its own unique 225-litre ferment. Enhanced mouthfeel and complexityis achieved by fermenting on solids, 100% malolactic fermentation (all natural).
Pale colour. Highly evocative wine with intense grapefruit, white apricot flinty aromas with grilled nut complexity. Generous and creamy with grapefruit, apricot, white peach stone fruit flavours, light marzipan, flinty notes and underlying savoury oak complexity; all intertwined with fine lacy textures, crisp acidity and superb mineral length. This is absolutely at the cutting edge of Australian Chardonnay. An exquisite balance of fruit definition, texture and mouthwatering freshness. Delicious wine. Move over Puligny. Drink Now – 2030; Rating: 98 Points; Andrew Caillard MW
It’s a complex web we weave. Where the 311 is about dryness and length, this is about funk and flamboyance. It’s dry too but it marshals a sizeable volume of flavour through the palate; this really sets the glass alight. Ginger, sulphides, white peach, oakspice, fabulous nectarine and toast. Undeniable quality. Tasted: Oct 18; Alcohol: 12.5%; Price: $125; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2019-2025; Rated: 96 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
Hand-picked, wild fermentation and 100% mlf in French barriques (40% new). Easy to see how it swept all before it at the Sydney Wine Show '18, Superb gravitas, chiselled like a marble Roman statue. Amazing poise and length, acidity the key to the kingdom. Drink by: 2027; Price: $125.00; Date Tasted: Aug 2018; Alcohol: 12.5%; Rating: 98 Points; Top 100 Wines for 2018; James Halliday Wine Companion
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