2016 Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay
96 Points, The Wine Advocate
"Ripe peach, pear and melon fruit fills out the medium to full-bodied palate, then really grows in intensity and focus on the long finish. This is the most complete Yattarna I've ever tasted, blending richness and acidity in a seamless fashion."
-Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Pale straw with faint lime-green hues.
Stylish and classy – a lovely purity of expression with native fruits and hints of lemon zest, finger lime and crushed nasturtium leaf.
Such fruits appear to get a ‘free ride’ – courteously propelled by fine, integrated French oak … a barrel fermentation dividend?
Upon a swirl and a little air, subtle notes of crushed honeycomb and chamomile arise.
Refined and classic. Right now, a touch on the closed side, certainly demanding a decant … and time.
An initial detection of peach and nectarine from the white stone fruit spectrum but the real feature of the palate is its poise and perfectly pitched (grippy) acidity.
The palate seems to just effortlessly glide linearly, retaining intent and purpose, yet structurally possessive of a velvet sheen that charms and disarms.
Supported by ultra fine cedary French oak. All tasted is both succulent and lingering, from the first sip to long after the last!
Not trying too hard; balanced, patient and relaxed. Rationalizes the pursuit to source the ‘finest’ Chardonnay fruits accessible from anywhere in Australia. At any cost.
Tasmania’s Derwent Valley experienced a dry winter followed by significant spring rain. Above average temperatures persisted through the growing season to harvest, encouraging vines to set a balanced crop with healthy canopies. An excellent vintage for both yield and quality in Tasmania. Henty in Victoria enjoyed good winter rainfall, with regular showers in spring. Conditions for the harvest were benign, favoring good yields and optimal ripeness.
The Adelaide Hills growing season was mild and dry. Conditions for fruit-set and flowering were favorable and contributed towards above average yields. Cool February conditions ensured ripening was steady and the slightly early start to vintage was a result of a mild and dry growing season. 2016 was a warm, relatively dry and early vintage for Tumbarumba, with harvest commencing 2 to 3 weeks early. Growing conditions were close to ideal, with good winter rains, a warm and clear spring and a rain free harvest.
: Multi-regional blend. From Tasmania, Henty, Adelaide Hills and Tumbarumba.
: Eight months in French oak barriques (35% new).
: Alc/Vol: 13.5%, Acidity: 7.1 g/L, pH: 3.14.
“Yattarna’s 21st Birthday! No doubt this important milestone release will sit comfortably alongside the memorable 2011 Yattarna.”
“Without wishing to sound pretentious – style and class, with presence. Makes a statement. Respectfully.”
“Not ready, needs to open up! A peruse of the drinking window may suggest it’s not quite ‘timeless’ but heading that way!”
- Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker