Yattarna, Chardonnay, 2016

  Penfolds

Eight months in 35% new oak, 43% 1 year-old barrels. Fine boned crystalline flavours of flint, gooseberry and red apples, gently smoky not at all overdone with some bright white rocks, complex but not hard as it has been in the past, white stone fruit, lovely length and freshness on the palate. A certain phenolic structure keeps this vibrant but it is not intrusive and this very well made, impressive white wine is balanced enough that it will appeal and drink well on the young side, even if it is a bit closed today. The name “Yattarna” comes from the Aboriginal language meaning “little by little, gradually” and the style here has certainly evolved gradually. Ultra-fine Chardonnay blended from Tasmania, Henty, Adelaide Hills and Tumbarumba.

Contains Sulphites.

About Penfolds

Penfolds' first vineyard was founded in 1844 at Magill, South Australia, by Dr Christopher Rawson Penfold. After travelling to Bordeaux and studying winemaking techniques there, he returned vowing to produce a wine to rival the greatest clarets, this was Grange. The first vintage of Grange, named after Dr Penfold's cottage in Magill, was 1951. Today Grange is undoubtedly Australia’s most iconic and recognizable wine. Ever since its inception in 1951 the Shiraz dominated blend has come to symbolize the absolute peak of Australian fine wine. In the modern era, with Peter Gago at the helm, the wine seems to be gaining more plaudits than ever before. All early vintages were made from Shiraz grapes grown at Magill and Morphett Vale, Adelaide, and the wine was matured in new American oak for 12 months. Small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon are included in some vintages of Grange, and the wood ageing period has been lengthened to between 18 and 20 months. The wine is not released for at least four years after the vintage. A host of award-winning red wines from Penfolds have since followed, many identified by bin numbers which originated in the winery stock-keeping system. In 1998 Penfolds released its eagerly awaited top-end white wine, Yattarna, a blend of Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale Chardonnay.

Appellation: South Eastern Australia

South-Eastern Australia is a Geographical Indication (GI) covering the entire southeastern third of Australia. This area's western boundary stretches 1250 miles (2000 km) across the Australian continent, from the Pacific coast of Queensland to the Southern Ocean coast in South Australia. This vast viticultural "super zone" effectively encompasses every significant Australian wine region outside Western Australia.

Grape Type: Chardonnay

Chardonnay is one of the most widely-grown and versatile of all white grape varieties. As a relatively neutral grape, it offers a near transparent map of winemaking style, climate and terroir. It is the ideal grape variety for Burgundy, where it serves to mirror the complex nuances of the myriad of terroirs found in this hallowed land. Chardonnay produces a variety of wines from the minerally and unoaked styles found in Chablis, the fatter nuttier examples in Meursault, to the tropical fruit-driven versions found in the New World. It is also the major grape variety in Champagne, where it produces lively floral wines, namely in the Côte de Blancs. It can be found throughout Europe and the New World thanks to its versatility. As a non-aromatic variety, it has an affinity with oak, whether new or used, French or American.