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Vintage History:

Launched in 1998 with the 1995 vintage, Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay 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 the standards of Penfolds Grange. Selectively sourcing only the very best Chardonnay fruit from cool-climate regions, coupled with sensitive and enlightened 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.
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Origin Multi-district blend drawing fruit from Adelaide Hills (SA), Tumbarumba (NSW), Henty (Victoria) and Derwent River Valley (Tasmania). Source is
dependent on vintage conditions.
Maturation 8–9 months on lees; sensitive battonage to build complexity and texture.
Fermentation 100% barrel fermented in varying percentages of new and older French oak barriques, depending on vintage.
Variety Chardonnay.
First Vintage 1995.
94+ points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (US) Yattarna 2011
91 points Wine & Spirits (US) Yattarna 2010
Gold Medal 2013 International Wine Challenge (UK) Yattarna 2010
97 points 2014 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion (Australia) Yattarna 2009
96 points 2013 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion (Australia) Yattarna 2009
92 points Wine Spectator Magazine (US) Yattarna 2009
Gold Medal and Trophy - Best Chardonnay over £10 Decanter World Wine Awards 2008 (UK) Yattarna 2005
Gold Medal International Wine Challenge 2008 (UK) Yattarna 2005
Gold Medal International Wine Challenge 2007 (UK) Yattarna 2004
93 points Wine Companion Magazine (Australia) Yattarna 2002

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Behind Yattarna

Peter Gago
Penfolds Chief Winemaker

“Put simply – Yattarna is at the top of its game in vintage 2011. Patience will be rewarded!”


Tasmania for the most part enjoyed very favourable growing conditions with very little frost incidence or disease – ensuring good crop levels and pristine fruit quality at harvest. A great vintage for Tasmanian Chardonnay! In the Adelaide Hills, the 2011 vintage was characterised by plentiful rains during spring taking dam capacities near to or 100% full. However lower than average temperatures and abundant rainfall during the growing season, veraison and harvest, produced a vintage that challenged both winemakers and viticulturists alike. A small parcel of exceptional Chardonnay was sourced from the Adelaide Hills to compliment the majority Tasmanian component in the 2011 blend.