Penfolds Bin 311 Chardonnay 2020

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Sourced from Tasmania, Piccadilly and Henty, this wine spent 8 months in French oak barriques, 41% new. 2020 has certainly been castigated by critics as a lesser vintage and, while it is hard to argue against that, there are enough regions to produce some top-notch fruit somewhere. Blending regions can help to overcome any perceived vintage deficiencies. 

Some depth of gold/yellow in the colour. The aromas include gentle nutty notes, a hint of oak, and of struck match. Nicely balanced and moves towards appealing stonefruit characters – peaches. Tropical notes also emerge on the finish – mango and banana. A fresh style with some very early complexity and a pleasing flick of acidity. Decent length. Exceeds expectations, given the vintage.

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