Penfolds `Yattarna` Chardonnay 2013 (6 x 750mL), Australia.

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Overview

Launched in 1998 with the 1995 vintage, Yattarna is the result of one of the most comprehensive, focused and highly publicised wine development projects ever conducted in Australia. The aspiration and independence of mind across generations of Penfolds winemakers inspired the winery to embark on a program to create a white wine that stands alongside Grange. Selectively sourcing only the very best Chardonnay fruit from cool-climate regions, coupled with sensitive winemaking, the style continues to evolve. Yattarna reflects Penfolds patience and continued commitment to its original goal, its very name being drawn from the Aboriginal language, meaning ‘little by little, gradually.’ Each vintage provides the opportunity to further raise the quality bar.

A warm growing season occurred in Southern Tasmania in 2013. Healthy winter rainfall and warm spring-time temperatures guaranteed good fruit-set. Welcome winter rains were a consistent theme for the Adelaide Hills, however windy conditions weren’t ideal for set and yields were consequently affected. Dry and warm conditions throughout Tasmania followed through to the New Year, keeping disease pressures at bay and provided consistent ripening weather to ensure concentrated flavour development right through to a slightly earlier March harvest. The combination of low crops and mild conditions in the Adelaide Hills during ripening promoted quality via impressive varietal fruit characters and a heightened intensity of flavour and natural acidity – hallmarks of the vintage.

Region:
AUS - Multi-regional
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

From the Coal and Derwent Valleys (Tas) and the Adelaide Hills; Handpicked and pressed to French barriques (62% new, 38% 1yo) for 8 months. The wine is so precise and tightly wound it is hard to imagine it went through 100% mlf, but at the same time, the decision to limit the amount of new oak falls neatly into place. It is developing at such a leisurely pace it is hard to visualise an end point. Gun flint, wet stone, green apple and grapefruit are among the contributors to the seamless flavour stream.

Rating 96 - Drink by 2023 - James Halliday, Wine Companion - Sep 2015

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Very pale straw with lime green hues.

Aroma

Initial slate and wet stone, with nuances of lightly roasted nuts – almond. Subtle hints of citrus, shrouded by nectarine and nashi pear fruits. Not politic to mention a suggestion of fruity conserve? What then of nectarine varenye?!

Palate

A wine that, given time in the glass, transforms with air. Indeed, a decant mandated – to unfurl the myriad of layered complexities hidden beneath. Along with a spiced multi-citrus compoté, lurks an acidity that is not immediately apparent – but it’s there; covert, balanced! Unfined, yet sporting a finessed phenolic presence. Impressive length, depth and weight.

Maturation

Eight months in French oak barriques (62% new and 38% 1-y.o.)

Peak Drinking

Now – 2022

Vintage
2013
Region
AUS - Multi-regional
Grape Style
Chardonnay
Closure Type
Screwcap closure
Alcohol
12.5%

Winery Profile

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Australia's winemaking history of less than two hundred years is brief by European measures though, like Europe, punctuated by periods of extreme success and difficult times. From the earliest winemaking days Penfolds has figured prominently and few would argue the importance of Penfolds' influence on Australia's winemaking psyche.

Without the influence of Penfolds the modern Australian wine industry would look very different indeed. Sitting comfortably outside of fad and fashion, Penfolds has taken Australian wine to the world on a grand stage and forged a reputation for quality that is without peer.

Penfolds' reputation for making wines of provenance and cellaring potential might suggest a mantle of tradition and formality is the preferred attire of a company with so much history to defend. But to label Penfolds as simply an established and conventional winemaker, would be to confuse tradition with consideration and to overlook the innovative spirit that has driven Penfolds since its foundation, and continues to find expression in modern times.

If there is anything traditional about Penfolds, it is the practice of constantly reviewing the wines it already does well, and continuously evolving and refining styles as vineyards mature and access to ever older and more varied vineyard sites improves.

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