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4 Ratings
Penfolds Chardonnay Yattarna

Wine Details

Vineyard

Penfolds

Varietal

Chardonnay

Style

White

Region

Australia

Wine Description

(1996 Vintage) This wine adds a new chapter to PENFOLDS' history, as Yattarna is the end product of PENFOLDS flagship white wine project, which the media termed the 'White Grange' Project. The name, Yattarna, is a local indigenous word meaning 'little by little' or 'gradually', reflecting the overall time and refinement required before PENFOLDS felt ready to release the wine. Indeed, the Bin number - 144 - is derived from the total number of wine trials undertaken in the wine read more...This wine adds a new chapter to PENFOLDS' history, as Yattarna is the end product of PENFOLDS flagship white wine project, which the media termed the 'White Grange' Project. The name, Yattarna, is a local indigenous word meaning 'little by little' or 'gradually', reflecting the overall time and refinement required before PENFOLDS felt ready to release the wine. Indeed, the Bin number - 144 - is derived from the total number of wine trials undertaken in the wine's development! Often a multi-regional blend, winemakers are looking for specific ripe fruit characteristics, usually well-concentrated grapes which possess an apple/white peach/melon flavour profile and natural, minerally acidity. 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. Yatt a r na Vineyard Region A delaide Hills in South Australia and Tumbarumba in New South Wales. Vintage Conditions - Grape variety Chardonnay Maturation The grapes were whole bunch pressed, barrel fermented and aged for 10 months in the finest tight-grained new French oak barriques. 100% of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation. Wine Analysis A lc/Vol: 13.50% Acidity: 6.30g/L pH: 3.19 Last Tasted 1-Sep-04 Peak Drinking Now - 2006 Food Matches I deally suited to Chicken, Pork Winemaker comments by John Duval Colour Pale to medium straw. Nose I ntense, 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 (hide)