2019 Penfolds, Yattarna, Bin 144 Chardonnay, Australia

2019 Penfolds, Yattarna, Bin 144 Chardonnay, Australia

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2019 Penfolds, Yattarna, Bin 144 Chardonnay, Australia

Description

Lovely crème brûlée and lemon meringue notes mark the nose of the 2019 Yattarna Chardonnay, joining hints of white peaches and Anjou pears. A medium to full-bodied effort, it's rich and concentrated but hangs together really well, built around a silky, layered texture, a core of lemony acids and a long, long finish. The final blend includes fruit from Tasmania (57%), Tumburumba (32%) and the Adelaide Hills (11%) and was aged eight months in 55% new French oak, mainly D&J.

Drink 2021 - 2035

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Jul 2021)

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Critics reviews

The Wine Advocate97/100
James Suckling95/100
Decanter97/100
Jancis Robinson17.5+/20
Vinous95/100
The Wine Advocate97/100
Lovely crème brûlée and lemon meringue notes mark the nose of the 2019 Yattarna Chardonnay, joining hints of white peaches and Anjou pears. A medium to full-bodied effort, it's rich and concentrated but hangs together really well, built around a silky, layered texture, a core of lemony acids and a long, long finish. The final blend includes fruit from Tasmania (57%), Tumburumba (32%) and the Adelaide Hills (11%) and was aged eight months in 55% new French oak, mainly D&J.

Drink 2021 - 2035

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Jul 2021) Read more
James Suckling95/100
Instantly makes an impression of fruit intensity with yellow citrus and peaches. There’s a deep sense of complexity through barrel fermentation, adding pastry and nutty oak-spice aromas. The palate is deeply concentrated and grips the finish tight. A blend of Tasmania, Tumbarumba and Adelaide Hills. Drink or hold. Screw cap.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (Aug 2021) Read more
Decanter97/100
The introduction of a flinty spark to the nose shows that Yattarna has moved again in style, now standing proudly like a more rarefied, polished version of the impressive Reserve Bin A model. It allows the pristine fruit to speak in nuanced tones, its airy dance of lemon, mandarin and grapefruit notes swooping into a darker, sterner mid-palate, where delicate oak frames pristine white nectarine and adds just enough savoury bite.

Drink 2023 - 2039

David Sly, Decanter.com (Jun 2021) Read more
Jancis Robinson17.5+/20

Funny that this, the 25th vintage, has the same appellation as Australia's cheapest blends! Fruit from Tasmania, Tumbarumba and Adelaide Hills. Matured for eight months in French oak barriques (55% new, 45% one year old).

Pale greenish straw. Really savoury and attention-grabbing with a little struck-match reduction. Streets ahead of the 20A 2020 – but then 2020 was an extremely difficult vintage. Attractive refreshing ripe passion fruit on the mid palate and an agreeable chalky texture on the finish. Pleasure in spades already.

Drink 2021 - 2027

Jancis Robinson, jancisrobinson.com (Jul 2021)

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Vinous95/100
Light, green-tinged yellow. Mineral-accented nectarine, Anjou pear, lemon pith, iodine and white flowers on the intensely perfumed nose. Taut and dry in the mouth, the 2019 offers concentrated orchard and citrus fruit flavors that are complemented by suggestions of sweet butter, tarragon and vanilla. Shows superb depth as well as energy, finishing minerally and impressively long, with lingering citrus fruit, oyster shell and floral notes. Made in 55% new French oak.

Drink 2026 - 2036

Josh Raynolds, vinous.com (Jul 2021) Read more

About this WINE

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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South Australia

South Australia

At 72,000 hectares, South Australia is the engine room of the country's wine industry, responsible for 43 percent of its vineyards and encompassing some of Australia’s most famous fine wine regions.

One of the most important areas in qualitative terms is the Barossa Valley, beginning 50km north-east of Adelaide, and famous for its full-bodied Shiraz, as well as for its Grenache and Mourvèdre. To the east, the cool Eden Valley is home to some really fine Riesling and top-class Shiraz, such as that made by Henschke. To the north of Barossa is the Clare Valley, also a source of good Riesling but home to well-structured reds as well.

South-east of Adelaide lies the delightful vineyard area of the Adelaide Hills, where fine Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir are produced by wineries such as Petaluma and Llangibby EstateLanghorne Creek to the east of Adelaide has earned a reputation for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Verdelho and Shiraz while, between Adelaide and the sea, McLaren Vale is a noted area for red wines.

The unique vineyard region of Coonawarra lies 400km south-east in an area of pure limestone topped by a loose, red topsoil. Cool enough to resemble Bordeaux, this area produces great Cabernets and Merlots and is much in demand. Slightly to the north and to the west lie the regions of Padthaway and Mount Benson respectively, which enjoy similar success as sources of great white wines, especially ChardonnayWrattonbully however is known for its fresh, varietally-pure Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

However it’s the less-distinguished Riverland region that accounts for 50 percent of the state’s wine production.

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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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