The Penfolds Collection

Yattarna 2015

Launched in 1998 with the 1995 vintage, Yattarna is the result of one of the most comprehensive, focused and highly publicised wine development projects ever conducted in Australia. The aspiration and independence of mind across generations of Penfolds winemakers inspired the winery to embark on a program to create a white wine that stands alongside Grange. Selectively sourcing only the very best Chardonnay fruit from cool-climate regions, coupled with sensitive winemaking, the style continues to evolve.

Yattarna reflects Penfolds patience and continued commitment to its original goal, its very name being drawn from the Aboriginal language, meaning ‘little by little, gradually.’ Each vintage provides the opportunity to further raise the quality bar.

When To Drink

Drinking well now, but will improve with time. Drinking window now - 2023. 

Taste Description

Pale straw.

Many distractions here – much more than expressive fruits, no matter how defined or intense … eight months in barrel on yeast lees has certainly impacted in 2015 … scents of fresh chestnut, oatmeal and white chocolate arise unprovoked; subtle struck match/abrased shale nuances require insistent coaxing.
Nashi pear and white peach fruits prevail, with stylish yet omnipresent French oak (pencil shavings/oak filings) playing a significant(supporting) role.
Nothing too showy, nothing singular. Complete.

Many fruits, yet the most apparent (pear, red Gala apple and white fig), sitting atop a foundation of the above-mentioned supportive oak; ever so sensitive, deferential.
Toasted oats and brandy snap complexities conveyed via a fine, linear and long acid backbone.
A mouth-coating film of fruit and racy acidity unfolds across palate, affording great length, contributing lingering tactile impressions.

Expert Reviews
97 Points
“The heart of this great chardonnay is its balance, and the extreme length built on its bracing acidity.” - James Halliday
Winemaker Quotes

““Stylistically, how politic would it be to proclaim a ‘generous’ Yattarna? Well, oenological political correctness aside, this coiffured release is indeed ‘big-boned’!”

“Again, and not necessarily to offend the purists - true to Penfolds multi-regional sourcing, both S.A. & Tasmanian State flags fly high. Regionality - celebrated, blended, bottled.”

- Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker
Technical Information

Origin: Multi-regional blend. From Tasmania and Adelaide Hills.

Maturation: Eight months in 100% French oak barriques.

Variety: Chardonnay.

Vintage Conditions

Autumn and winter rainfall were above the long-term averages in the Adelaide Hills. Rain stopped abruptly in early August with nothing more than light and infrequent showers observed throughout spring.

In Tasmania, moderate spring rainfall and settled conditions led to good average yields across the region, with only isolated incidences of frost. A significant rainfall event in the Adelaide Hills in early January revitalised vineyards and gave vines a much needed boost throughout veraison. Mild days coupled with cool nights in Tasmania and the Adelaide Hills provided consistent conditions, resulting in high acid retention with even and steady sugar accumulation over the ripening phase. 

The release of Yattarna Chardonnay, after 144 winemaking trials, marked a new chapter in the Penfolds story.  The inaugural 1995 vintage was the most talked about and early anticipated white wine in Australian history.  

“Template honoured. No passport. The chardonnay barriques emptied have to be our best; the assembled blend has to be our best. Simple really.”

Peter Gago

Penfolds Chief Winemaker