Penfolds `Yattarna` Chardonnay 1998 (1 x 750mL) SA.

The evolution of Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay is the result of Australia's most comprehensive white wine development program. Inspired by the aspirations of the late free-thinking Max Schubert, Penfolds embarked on a project to create a flagship white wine. Starting in 1992 and spanning six vintages, John Duval and his winemaking team carefully developed more than one hundred trial wines. These were narrowed down to eight finished blends.

Overview

The evolution of Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay is the result of Australia's most comprehensive white wine development program. Inspired by the aspirations of the late free-thinking Max Schubert, Penfolds embarked on a project to create a flagship white wine. Starting in 1992 and spanning six vintages, John Duval and his winemaking team carefully developed more than one hundred trial wines. These were narrowed down to eight finished blends.

Region:
AUS - Multi-regional
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

"Light green-yellow; the bouquet is extremely fine and tight, with ever so subtle oak. The palate is exceptionally delicate yet intense, with nettle and citrus flavours running through to an extremely long finish. This wine will surely live for upwards of 20 years."

Rating 94 Drink 2018 - James Halliday, Wine Comapnion - Date Tasted Feb 00

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Pale straw with brilliant green hues.

Aroma

Lovely green apple and lemon-lime citrus characters with slight grapefruit overtones. Well integrated malt and cashew nut aromas derived from the French oak exist in the background.

Palate

Austere yet flavoursome describes the tightness on the palate. Elegant fruit flavours of lemon rind and nectarine exist with subtle hints of delicate oak which add to the remarkable complexity. Maturation on the yeast lees produced a malty, biscuit-like flavour.

Wine Background

The evolution of Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay is the result of Australia's most comprehensive white wine development program. Inspired by the aspirations of the late free-thinking Max Schubert, Penfolds embarked on a project to create a flagship white wine. Starting in 1992 and spanning six vintages, John Duval and his winemaking team carefully developed more than one hundred trial wines. These were narrowed down to eight finished blends.

The wines were painstakingly refined and assessed in order to reach a style and standard Penfolds felt would represent their best possible endeavour in winemaking. The appropriately named result of that project is Yattarna, which is Aboriginal for 'little by little' or 'gradually'.

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