2018 Penfolds, Yattarna, Bin 144, Chardonnay, South Australia

2018 Penfolds, Yattarna, Bin 144, Chardonnay, South Australia

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2018 Penfolds, Yattarna, Bin 144, Chardonnay, South Australia

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Still using the same ethos of Yattarna being the white wine version of Grange, sourcing the best fruit of the year from multiple regions, with this vintage being from Adelaide Hills, Tumbarumba and most importantly, the cooler climate of Tasmania. Pale lemon, with a signature struck match reduction on the nose. White flowers and fruit on the nose with a hint of cinnamon. Very finely balanced between texture and acidity – neither overwhelms or lacks. This is another excellent Yattarna and cements its place amongst the great New World Chardonnays. Drink 2022-2029.
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Penfolds

Penfolds

Penfolds enjoys an iconic status that few New World producers have achieved. Established in 1844 at the Magill Estate near Adelaide, it laid the foundation for fine wine production in Australia.

The winemaking team is led by the masterful Peter Gago; it has the herculean task of blending the best wines from a multitude of different plots, vineyards and regions to create a consistent and outstanding range of wines. Its flagship wine, Grange, is firmly established as one of the finest red wines in the world.

Under Gago’s stewardship, the Penfolds range has evolved over time. Winemaking has moved away from New World heat and the sort of larger-than-life style that can mask individuality; the contemporary wines instead favour fine balance and typicity for the region or grape.

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Chardonnay

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the "Big Daddy" of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world. It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.

Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.

It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.

Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.

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Reviews

Customer reviews

Wine Advocate93+/100
James Suckling96/100
jancisrobinson.com17.5++/20
Matthew Jukes19+/20

Critic reviews

Wine Advocate93+/100
Cool-climate fruit from Tasmania, Tumbarumba and the Adelaide Hills, barrel fermented and matured eight months in 60% new French barriques, the 2018 Yattarna Chardonnay starts off with aromas of roasted nuts and toasted bread set against a backdrop of tart, citrusy fruit. Medium-bodied, there's just enough flesh to let you know this is Chardonnay—maybe a hint of underripe peach or nectarine—but this is more about line and length, with a strong backbone of acidity that drives the flavors forward into a long, mouth-puckering finish. Impressive, yes. But is it really that enjoyable? Maybe down the road, which is the intention.
Joe Czerwinski, robertparker.com (July 2020) Read more
James Suckling96/100
A blend of Tasmania, Tumbarumba and Adelaide Hills fruit, this has an intense, stony and mineral freshness with a flinty edge and a wealth of lemon sherbet, white peaches and crushed stones on the nose. Oak is deeply buried. The palate has such striking and intense depth. It’s layered and long and really asserts itself as the most complex and most powerful chardonnay in this release. The depth and pristine grade of fruit here are impressive. Deep, pithy finish. Drink over the next eight years. Screw cap.
James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (July 2020) Read more
jancisrobinson.com17.5++/20
Quite restrained for Yattarna, with oak in retreat and lovely green-apple fruit. Smoky reduction adds very classy complexity. Pinpoint acid with real bite. So savoury and dry, it really does have burgundian styling. Furled at present.
Richard Hemming MW, jancisrobinson.com (September 2020) Read more
Matthew Jukes19+/20
I love it when a wine shocks me, and while ‘18 Yattarna hasn’t the absolute tension or grandeur of the near-perfect 2017, this is a devastatingly alluring wine and it is already performing at a heightened pheromonal level. There is dreamy musk scattered liberally among the lusty fruit notes and at this stage of its life, it is already loving life at the same time as making Bin A look a little occluded. No doubt it will firm up and the gravitas gene will emerge, but for now, this is a hippy chick Yattarna, so grab it for a one-off whirl and then put it back in the cellar to gather its thoughts. There is a lovely cool edge to this wine which will keep it on the straight and not-so-narrow and I imagine that its best years will be at least six years down the track so please be patient. 19+/20 (Drink 2021 – 2035)
Matthew Jukes (July 2020) Read more