Some assertive toasty oak and almost candied nuts and toffee-like notes layered across bright spiced pear and peach fruits. The palate has a smooth sleeve of rich lemon, grapefruit, pear and green melon fruit, slippery glossy textural appeal and good depth. Drink now to 2025.
92 points, James Suckling (Oct 2017)
Matured for 9 months in used French barriques. Not a hair out of place. Indeed you look for a bit of tough love.
91 points, James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion (Aug 2018)
Penfolds’ cool climate Chardonnay offering, the 2016 Chardonnay Bin 311, has fresh white peach, lemon curd and Golden Delicious apple with hints of honeysuckle and lightly browned toast. Light to medium-bodied, it has a lively line of acid lifting the pure stone fruit and apple flavors, finishing on a mineral note.
90 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Issue # 233 - Oct 2017)
Tumbarumba is the coolest wine growing region in New South Wales, thanks to altitudes ranging from nearly 1,000 feet to over 2,500 feet. Bin 311 has captured this cool-climate goodness in its Chardonnay, which is a bright-toned combo of salt, lemon rind and toasted nuts. The palate is a fine balance of fruit weight and prickly acidity with a chalky texture and a long lemony finish.
90 points, Christina Pickard, Wine Enthusiast (Aug 2018)