Penfolds `Yattarna` Chardonnay 1997 (2 x 750mL) SA / VIC.

Named using an Aboriginal word meaning ‘little by little’ or ‘gradually’, Yattarna Chardonnay is Penfolds’ flagship white wine. It was the result of a six-year development program which began in 1992 when the Penfolds winemaking team was given an open brief to create a white wine with the quality and aging potential to stand alongside Grange. The wine’s inaugural 1995 vintage, launched in April 1998, was the most eagerly awaited wine release in Australian history.

Overview

Named using an Aboriginal word meaning ‘little by little’ or ‘gradually’, Yattarna Chardonnay is Penfolds’ flagship white wine. It was the result of a six-year development program which began in 1992 when the Penfolds winemaking team was given an open brief to create a white wine with the quality and aging potential to stand alongside Grange. The wine’s inaugural 1995 vintage, launched in April 1998, was the most eagerly awaited wine release in Australian history.

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

Expert Reviews

"Without question, this has already developed into the best of the three vintages so far released, and has its best years in front of it. Fragrant, tangy fruit and oak coalesce throughout both bouquet and palate; the strength of the wine comes from its structure, balance and persistence of flavour and aftertaste."

Rating 97 Drink 2012 - James Halliday, Wine Companion - Date Tasted Oct 00

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Pale straw with brilliant green hues.

Aroma

Lifted lemon and citrus aromas integrate with toasted malt and butterscotch. Subtle hints of delicate oak add to the complexity.

Palate

Excellent integration of lean citrus and nectarine fruit characters together with pleasant gun smoke and malt flavours. The finish is soft yet crisp, leaving a pleasant creamy and velvety aftertaste.