The Penfolds Collection

Yattarna 2014

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 2018-2027. 

Taste Description

White gold with green hues.

At time of writing, somewhat restrained – white florals attempting to unfurl. Needs time!
An aromatic mosaic of white stone-fruit, mandarin blossom, peach nectar and wild thyme.
A lees-derived savoury/nougat edge, with a suggestion of white chocolate praline lurking in the background.
Fresh sea-spray and a wet chalk/limestone mineral ‘dampness’ hesitantly attest to cool-climate sourcing, or soils, or lees management Perhaps all of the above.

Fruit delivers flavours of white peach and lemon pith. And what of the oak/lees? More than likely manifested by way of cashew/sesame and chickpea creaminess.
Wonderfully clean and tight… pencil shavings/graphite oak woven around a frame of slatey, wet stone acidity.
Noted that this wine is currently shackled by the same phenolics that may shield an optimal appreciation for some time yet!

Technical Information

Origin: Multi-regional blend. From Derwent Valley and Central Highlands (Tasmania), Adelaide Hills.

Maturation: Eight months in French oak barriques (70% new and 30% 1-y.o.).

Variety: Chardonnay.

Vintage Conditions

Revitalising winter rainfalls replenished the Tasmanian and Adelaide Hills soil profiles for the start of the 2014 growing season. Tasmanian yields were reduced early in the growing season as a result of windy conditions during both flowering and fruit-set. Frost during this time also provided some challenges, but fortunately, Yattarna vineyards were largely spared.

The ripening period in both regions was characterised by cool to mild conditions resulting in a later harvest. While the Adelaide Hills region experienced a significant rainfall event in mid-February, this had minimal impact. Due to the extended length of the growing season, fruit from both regions was able to reach full phenolic maturity with crisp acid retention, flavour and structure.

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.