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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

“A Yattarna that returns to three of its tried and proven regional sources, each asserting its right to remain in the blend… this struggle just that little bit harder every year. High stakes indeed”


Derwent Valley and Coal Valley: A warmer than average growing season overall, with some localised spring frosts in parts of the Coal Valley. Wet weather during flowering impacted fruit-set with resulting low yields. A warm and dry summer, in combination with the low yields, led to an early and compressed harvest. A dry finish to the season afforded ideal ripening conditions with little or no disease pressure.

Henty: 2012 was a cool season with mild growing conditions and optimal conditions for flowering following a very wet winter. After a flush of summer from a warm dry January the grapes ripened in cool but relatively dry conditions. Delicate flavours and linear acid structures were enhanced by the cool, mild ripening conditions.

Adelaide Hills: The 2012 vintage produced above-average rainfalls throughout the growing season with a mild-to-warm summer. During the ripening period, optimum temperatures prevailed right through to harvest. This, along with lower than average crops and great canopy growth gave way to optimal flavour development in what is deemed an exceptional white vintage.