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Region: Australia
Varietal: Chardonnay

Vintage: 2014

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RATINGS: 91pts Robert Parker; 91pts Vinous

Australia's winemaking history of less than two hundred years is brief by European measures though, like Europe, punctuated by periods of extreme success and difficult times. From the earliest winemaking days Penfolds has figured prominently and few would argue the importance of Penfolds' influence on Australia's winemaking psyche. Without the influence of Penfolds the modern Australian wine industry would look very different indeed. Sitting comfortably outside of fad and fashion, Penfolds has taken Australian wine to the world on a grand stage and forged a reputation for quality that is without peer. Penfolds' reputation for making wines of provenance and cellaring potential might suggest a mantle of tradition and formality is the preferred attire of a company with so much history to defend. But to label Penfolds as simply an established and conventional winemaker, would be to confuse tradition with consideration and to overlook the innovative spirit that has driven Penfolds since its foundation, and continues to find expression in modern times. If there is anything traditional about Penfolds, it is the practice of constantly reviewing the wines it already does well, and continuously evolving and refining styles as vineyards mature and access to ever older and more varied vineyard sites improves.

The Bin 311 style typically expresses a mineral acid backbone, complemented by barrel fermentation, subtle lees influence and sensitive maturation in seasoned oak. Minimal filtration is employed, preserving the elegant fruit flavours.

Tasting Notes: Vinous 91 points- Pale yellow. Musky, sharply focused citrus and orchard fruits on the fragrant, mineral accented nose. Juicy and tightly wound, showing a suave, weightless quality to its bitter lemon pith and pear skin flavors. Combines power and elegance seamlessly and finishes with excellent vivacity and lingering notes of flowers and Meyer lemon..Josh Raynolds, March/2016

Wine Advocate 91 points- The 2014 Chardonnay Bin 311 has a lovely grapefruit and white peach nose with hints of brioche, cedar and almonds plus a touch of honeycomb. Tight, light to medium bodied, clean and fresh in the mouth with great intensity, it has a long, mineral finish..Lisa Perrotti Brown, September/2015

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