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Penfolds Bin 311 Chardonnaytext

Penfolds Bin 311 Chardonnay 2022

South Australia, AustraliaBin 311’s rise to fame is a direct result of the Yattarna program that laid the foundation for every chardonnay in the Treasury group to excel well beyond chardonnay’s global claim as the largest-selling white variety in the world. In 2022, the “Yattarna in waiting" has become “Baby Yattarna.” The fruit sources went multi-regional in 2018, and cool-climate in 2022 using Tasmania, Tumbarumba, and Adelaide Hills fruit. Once made with no oak, 311 generously benefits from the trickle-down effect of barrels from the Yattarna program. You can sense the barrel fermentation and eight months of oak ageing, but the wine is seamless despite using 34 percent new French oak barriques. I love the opening oatmeal lees and lemon-lime notes. Chablisienne-like on the palate, with cool, sophisticated, lean, stony, flinty minerals. Electric with the perfect mix of acidity and fruit lurking in the fine-grained oak textures. Drink now or over the next decade. A mini-Yatarrna is a fabulous price. Is there a better New World Chardonnay at this price?Tasted: 06 August 2023Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices:
AB$50.00750mlselect private retailers
US$35.00750mlestimated retail in select private wine shops
Producer: PenfoldsDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Grape: ChardonnayCSPC: 443564UPC: 012354071919