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2018 Yattarna Chardonnay

2018 Yattarna Chardonnay

The Penfolds Collection

2018 Yattarna Chardonnay

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.

Varietal
Chardonnay
Chardonnay
Vintage
2018
2018
Volume
750mL
750mL
Awards
98 points - Tyson Stelzer
98 points - Tony Love
97 points - Ray Jordan
97 points - Ken Gargett
96 points - Andrew Caillard MW
2018 Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay Bottle 2018 Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay Beauty
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2018 Yattarna Chardonnay
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$1,800.00
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This wine can ship to the following states: AK, CA, DC, FL, MA, MN, NC, ND, NE, NH, NM, NV, OR, SC, TN, WV, and WI. View state guidelines on import and domestic wines.

“Arguably ... on par with the exceptional 2012 and 2017 vintages of Yattarna.”

–Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief Winemaker

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2018 Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay Bottle 2018 Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay Beauty

The Penfolds Collection

2018 Yattarna Chardonnay

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.

2018 Yattarna Chardonnay
Ground Shipping Included
$150.00
Price
$150.00
$1,800.00
Price
$1,800.00
This wine can ship to the following states: AK, CA, DC, FL, MA, MN, NC, ND, NE, NH, NM, NV, OR, SC, TN, WV, and WI. View state guidelines on import and domestic wines.
Varietal
Chardonnay
Chardonnay
Vintage
2018
2018
Volume
750mL
750mL
Awards
98 points - Tyson Stelzer
98 points - Tony Love
97 points - Ray Jordan
97 points - Ken Gargett
96 points - Andrew Caillard MW

Awards & Accolades

Taste Description

Taste Description

2018 Yattarna Chardonnay

Colour

Very pale straw with lime green hues.

Nose

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.

Palate

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.

Vintage conditions

2018 Vintage

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.

Grape variety
100% Chardonnay
100% Chardonnay
wine analysis
Alc/Vol: 13%, pH: 3.12
Alc/Vol: 13%, pH: 3.12
Maturation
Eight months in French oak barriques (60% new)
Eight months in French oak barriques (60% new)

The Yattarna Story

The release of Yattarna Chardonnay, after 144 winemaking trials, marked a new chapter in the Penfolds story. The inaugural 1995 vintage was arguably the most talked about and early anticipated white wine in Australian history - dubbed by the media as “White Grange”, it reached the front pages of Australia’s national newspapers. The elegant style epitomises the finesse, restraint and character of modern Australian chardonnay. It is best enjoyed within a three- to 12-year time frame – the wines benefit from some bottle age.

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