Penfolds `Yattarna - Bin 144` Chardonnay 1999 (6 x 750mL), SA.

Provenance: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ S 1999 was a variable year in South Australia due to high temperatures and low rainfall, although Penfolds policy of multi-regional blending allowed them to source parcels of fruit from areas, such as Piccadilly, that received good winter and spring rains and hence weathered the summer heat. Chardonnay was a standout for the vintage, with ripe grapefruit characters and great depth of flavour.

Overview

Provenance: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ S 1999 was a variable year in South Australia due to high temperatures and low rainfall, although Penfolds policy of multi-regional blending allowed them to source parcels of fruit from areas, such as Piccadilly, that received good winter and spring rains and hence weathered the summer heat. Chardonnay was a standout for the vintage, with ripe grapefruit characters and great depth of flavour.

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

This Limited Editioned Bottle N.o is 30678

Colour

Pale straw with brilliant green hues.

Aroma

A full rich Chardonnay with deep, complex aromas of golden apples, mango and paw paw and hints of grapefruit. The primary fruit flavours areenhanced by spicy/cinnamon/smoky oakcharacters together with the subtle butteriness ofmalolactic fermentation.

Palate

Complex and tightly structured, with intense limeand grapefruit on the front palate, which slowlychanges into a mixture of citrus and pear. Finely

chiseled acidity, cedary oak and lees yeastinessgive excellent depth and graciously offset the richly texture.

Food Matching

Chicken and Seafood.

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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