2013 Penfolds Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay

2013 Penfolds Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay

White, Ready, but will keep   White | Ready, but will keep | Penfolds | Code: 24180 | 2013 | Australia > South Australia | Chardonnay | Medium Bodied, Dry | 13.0 % alcohol

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JANCIS

16/20

JANCIS - Gentle lemon fruit on the nose. A little peachy, pear and creamy. Hint of almond, almost Soave like. Very crisp and a very slight grain. Creamy, a touch leesy but not oaky in flavour.  Very pale. 'Fruit does the talking', says Gago. Intensity and clarity is impressive. Lees management. Good length and clarity. Well balanced but a bit bland, though it may gain in interest with a little longer in bottle
Julia Harding - jancisrobinson.com - February 2013

OTHER - One of the more generous Bin 311s, yet still showcasing that fine, mineral acid core that has become synonymous with the wine. A mineral acid backbone is considered the house style for this wine and fruit is selected accordingly. Tumbarumba – a cool-climate, high altitude district – produces great Chardonnay, and this is no exception.

A dry vintage meant low yields, but the fruit had purity and concentration in abundance. When tasting, purity is thewatchword for this wine: on the nose, lemon blossom and white peach. To taste, grapefruit and lemon pith with elegant mouthfeel and texture.
Peter Gago, Chief Winemaker, Penfolds

WA - At this youthful stage the 2013 Bin 311 Chardonnay starts with a little SO2 jutting out, but aeration reveals underlying notes of white peaches, Golden Delicious apples and grapefruit with hints of clotted cream and allspice. Light-bodied with a faint veil of silkiness to the texture, it has a good amount of tightly wound, cooler climate flavors and a long finish. 949 bottles were made.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Wine Advocate - eRobertParker.com #211 Feb 2014

The Story

Penfolds

Producer

Penfolds

Penfolds is undoubtedly one of the top wine companies in the world in terms of quality, product range and consistency. Peter Gago has now taken over winemaking responsibilities and a string of good vintages over the past five years has helped Penfolds stay at the top of the Australian wine boom.

The quality of Penfolds' red wines is simply world-class; nowhere else will you get such great wine for such good value. Penfolds Grange, without doubt Australia's greatest red wine, is also recognised as one of the worlds' finest.

Grape

Chardonnay

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the "Big Daddy" of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world. It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.

Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.

It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.

Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.

Region

South Australia

At 72,000 hectares, South Australia is the engine room of the country's wine industry, responsible for 43 percent of its vineyards and encompassing some of Australia’s most famous fine wine regions.

One of the most important areas in qualitative terms is the Barossa Valley, beginning 50km north-east of Adelaide, and famous for its full-bodied Shiraz, as well as for its Grenache and Mourvèdre. To the east, the cool Eden Valley is home to some really fine Riesling and top-class Shiraz, such as that made by Henschke. To the north of Barossa is the Clare Valley, also a source of good Riesling but home to well-structured reds as well.

South-east of Adelaide lies the delightful vineyard area of the Adelaide Hills, where fine Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir are produced by wineries such as Petaluma and Llangibby EstateLanghorne Creek to the east of Adelaide has earned a reputation for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Verdelho and Shiraz while, between Adelaide and the sea, McLaren Vale is a noted area for red wines.

The unique vineyard region of Coonawarra lies 400km south-east in an area of pure limestone topped by a loose, red topsoil. Cool enough to resemble Bordeaux, this area produces great Cabernets and Merlots and is much in demand. Slightly to the north and to the west lie the regions of Padthaway and Mount Benson respectively, which enjoy similar success as sources of great white wines, especially ChardonnayWrattonbully however is known for its fresh, varietally-pure Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

However it’s the less-distinguished Riverland region that accounts for 50 percent of the state’s wine production.

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