Yattarna Chardonnay 2018 750mL bottle Yattarna Chardonnay 2018 750ml bottle against black background

The Penfolds Collection

Yattarna 2018

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 ambition to create a white wine that would set the standard for ultra-fine
Australian chardonnay.

Selectively sourcing only the very best chardonnay fruit from cool-climate regions, coupled with clever winemaking, the style continues to evolve. Yattarna reflects Penfolds patience and continued commitment to its original goal, its very name being drawn from local indigenous 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 - 2033

Taste Description

Very pale straw with lime green hues

A pedigreed stylistic first alert – subtle flint, more rock-flint than struck-match.
A mist of limey citrus, curry leaf and hints of white peach. Quite an exotic ascent... no need to coax from glass via a vigorous swirl.
Understated spoils of cool-climate, barrel-fermented chardonnay – a lovely waxiness, whiff of cashew, and subtle creaminess.
A Southern-Hemisphere reflection extolling Burgundian restraint, temperament.

At once, substantial flavour coupled with a textural dynamic; mouth-filling, engulfing – opens up aka mid-symphony, no instrument idle.
White stone fruits – just ripe nectarine and freshly-sliced peach, and the most subtle adornment of oak and zesty acidity.
A wonderful line struts across the mid-palate, not brazenly, yet with real purpose/destination and persistence.
Amplified innate potential; beautifully poised and defined.
More? Enough will not be enough.


99 Points - James Halliday

98 Points - Tony Love

19+/20 Points - Matthew Jukes

97 Points - David Sly, Decanter Magazine

97 Points - Ken Gargett, The World of Fine Wine

18/20 Points - Jancis Robinson

96 Points - Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com

96 Points - Huon Hooke

96 Points - Andrew Caillard MW

Winemaker Quotes

“Arguably ... on par with the exceptional 2012 and 2017 vintages of Yattarna –this release certainly has the potential to befit a classic designation!.”

- Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker

Technical Information

Origin: Multi-regional blend. From Tasmania, Tumbarumba, Adelaide Hills.

Maturation: Eight months in French oak barriques (60% new)

Wine Analysis: Alc/Vol: 13%, Acidity: 7.3 g/L, pH: 3.12

Variety: Chardonnay.

Vintage Conditions

All three regions enjoyed a relatively wet winter and spring, setting the vines up with healthy soil moisture profiles for the ensuing growing season. Tasmania experienced clear and generally warm conditions from January onwards, with no extreme heat spells leading into harvest. The temperature only breached 35°C once in January, resulting in optimal conditions for ripening.

Tumbarumba had plentiful rainfall right up to December, when a dry spell set in. In February, temperatures were generally cool allowing for slow, consistent ripening. The Adelaide Hills fruit-set was slightly above average. The region experienced a warm finish to the growing season, however well-developed canopies shielded the fruit from adversity and ensured the berries ripened evenly. Harvest was an orderly affair across the three regions, with chardonnay exhibiting outstanding varietal characteristics with bracing natural acidity.

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.  

“Arguably ... on par with the exceptional
2012 and 2017 vintages of Yattarna –
this release certainly has the potential to befit
a classic designation!.”

Peter Gago

Penfolds Chief Winemaker