Penfolds Bin A Chardonnay 2019 750ml
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 expressive Adelaide Hills chardonnay persona. Fruit is hand-picked into small bins and then whole-bunch pressed. A portion of 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 complexity is achieved by fermenting and maturing on solids with regular yeast lees stirring. 100% malolactic fermentation (all natural).
When to drink
Drinking well now, but will improve with time. Peak drinking Now - 2030.
Restrained upon first pour. Induce awakening via a sprightly decant, or vigorous swirl.
Primary white peach and assorted stone fruits give way to tempting scents of fresh crème anglaise/pana cotta.
Oak (just) evident, yet impressively integrated (80% new?!)
Wafts of struck-match prancing above; intense, smoky barrel-ferment notes lurking below.
Complexingly challenging – an abundance of character, yet not saturated; aromatically bedazzling, yet not an assault.