Penfolds `Yattarna` Chardonnay 1996 (3 x 750mL) SA.

The evolution of Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay is the result of one of the most comprehensive and highly publicised wine development programmes ever conducted in Australia. Known as the ‘White Grange Project’, starting in 1992 and spanning six vintages, the winemakers carefully developed more than one hundred trial wines.

Further, in keeping with the Penfolds tradition of producing wines to a renowned consistency of style, these were narrowed down to eight finished blends. On 8 November 1997 the winemakers decided that three parcels of Chardonnay wine making up Bin No. 144 were to become Yattarna. The name Yattarna is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘little by little, gradually’. Yattarna reflects Penfolds’ patience and commitment to creating this, our finest white wine, in the tradition of Grange.

Overview

The evolution of Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay is the result of one of the most comprehensive and highly publicised wine development programmes ever conducted in Australia. Known as the ‘White Grange Project’, starting in 1992 and spanning six vintages, the winemakers carefully developed more than one hundred trial wines.

Further, in keeping with the Penfolds tradition of producing wines to a renowned consistency of style, these were narrowed down to eight finished blends. On 8 November 1997 the winemakers decided that three parcels of Chardonnay wine making up Bin No. 144 were to become Yattarna. The name Yattarna is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘little by little, gradually’. Yattarna reflects Penfolds’ patience and commitment to creating this, our finest white wine, in the tradition of Grange.

Region:
SA - Other South Australian
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

"Glowing yellow-green; the bouquet is intense, with perfectly balanced nectarine and fig fruit woven through with subtle oak. The palate is elegant, almost to the point of delicacy, with absolutely impeccable fruit and oak balance and integration."

Rating 95 Drink 2010 - James Halliday, Wine Companion - Date Tasted Oct 99

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Pale to medium straw.

Aroma

Intense, integrated aromas of ripe nectarine and citrus married with cashew nut and peach. Light toast notes are derived from barrel fermentation.

Palate

This full-bodied wine reveals layers of powerful fruit characters integrated with oak and yeast lees influence. Flavours flow seamlessly between rich peach, fig, guava, and citrus fruits with notes of toasty oak in the background. The combination of vibrant acidity, integrated oak tannins and malolactic fermentation yields a complex, silky mouth feel, with flavours lingering on the palate long after consumption.

Medals & Trophies

Gold Medal - Canberra Wine Show 1998 Class 41.

Gold Medal - Adelaide Wine Show 1998 Class 36.

Gold Medal - Hobart Wine Show 1998 Class 43.

Gold Medal - Melbourne Wine Show 1997 Class 34.

Gold Medal - Brisbane Wine Show 1997 Class 13.

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