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Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay

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Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay

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Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
In structure and refinement, 2010 is an eminently enduring and exactingly honed Yattarna at the pinnacle of the style. A whopping 96 percent Tasmanian fruit defines a breathtakingly refined structure, with high-tensile acidity that impales its core and penetrates long into the finish. There’s a wonderful interplay here between the cut of fresh lemon and crunchy pear fruit, the presence of white peach and fig and the layered struck flint and charcuterie complexity of barrel fermentation. This is a captivating Yattarna of confidence, focus and purity of structure.
Wine Taste Weekly Special Edition 106 - Penfolds Bin and Icon Release 2013 2013
Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
The colour is pale mid gold and the aromas offer a complex of apple pear and subtle fennel along with tobacco French oak and subtle toast with subtle oatmeal and fresh bread lees creating a creamy overlay. This is a complex and subtle aroma. The palate is medium bodied and creamy textured medium weight moderate acidity with apple and pear fruit and a lot of creamy lees work characters holding all the components together. The critical thing is the finish and here it is layered and offers oatmeal, creamy texture and 30 seconds after spitting it is still unfolding with subtle toast and fine minerally cool climate acidity and a layer of solids as well. Hold for till 2018 and start drinking.
Rob Geddes MW
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Superbly polished, measured and elegant, with balletic poise and stature. Its fragrant, lightly smoky perfume of white peach, grapefruit, melon and and fine-grained vanilla oak has a delightful intensity and purity. Long and tightly focused, its seamless, fluffy presence of pristine fruit integrates with tight-knit vanilla oak and culminates in a briney, slatey finish of brittle acidity and exceptional persistence.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition 2014
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
A personality that contrasts 2008, the greatest Yattarna yet, thanks to less Tasmanian fruit (50%) and more Henty (43%, the remainder Adelaide Hills), but every bit as distinguished. In the Aboriginal language, ‘Yattarna’ means ‘little by little, gradually,’ and finally its most recent vintages have refined its personality to match. In the same spirit, this vintage takes some time to unravel, revealing delicate fragrance and powerful fruit concentration. Cashew nut oak appears for a fleeting moment, then vanishes deep into its core, allowing fruit to speak with articulate clarity. Flinty notes beckon toward subtle lees complexity, riding on fine acidity and chalky minerality.
Wine Taste Special Edition 66 - Penfolds Flagships 2012
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
A more symphonic wine, as is the style: unfurled and complex, quite mellow. A blend of Derwent Valley (50%), Henty (43%) and Adelaide Hills (7%), it shows plenty of creamed stone fruits, spices and yeasty complexity, some biscuit and fresh-baked sourdough bread, hints of Thai basil too. The palate s smooth and travels with effortless, flowing shape and balance, showing plenty of power in a restrained and compact shape. Lovely, ripe acidity, essence-like core, playful at the fringe.
Good Wine Guide 2013
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Pale straw-green; mineral/slate are decidedly uncommon characters to find on the bouquet, but they are certainly there once the wine is taken onto the palate, and thereafter back to the bouquet. While it is extremely tight and elegant, there is a delicious melodic trio of stone fruit, melon and citrus flavours.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
The trajectory of Yattarna’s ascension to the mesosphere of Australia’s chardonnay firmament is as dramatic as it is obvious. The philosophical backflip from “powerful and oaky” to “elegant and age worthy” triggered a dramatic leap in the proportion of cool Derwent Valley (TAS) fruit (now almost 90 percent) and a lower dose of new oak (less than 50 percent). Never has Yattarna shone with such piercing clarity, such sublime focus and such textured minerality. Tremendous, coiled-up energy, seamless acid profile, Linden blossom, citrus, almond.
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Pale green-quartz, the bouquet is fruit, not oak-driven, with citrus blossom aromas; the palate has glorious mouthfeel and balance, the flavours caressing the mouth with a gossamer web of gloriously juicy fruit; impeccable length, harmony and balance tie the knot. Tasmania/Adelaide Hills.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Brilliant green-quartz; the bouquet instantaneously proclaims its intensity with the first whiff, and the palate repeats the performance; this has some of the hallmarks of Grand Cru Chablis from a good vintage; small wonder it has had such outstanding show success.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
The pinnacle of chardonnay at Penfolds is found in the Derwent Valley (Tas.), the Adelaide Hills (SA) and Henty (Vic), and gives an impression on the nose of both depth and dimension. Aromas of fine citrus and nectarine, some white peach too, are gently layered with winemaker complexity, adding savoury nuance without sacrificing any of the brightness and lift. The palate has intensity and verve with some flinty threads of flavour and a long, savoury cashew-flavoured finish. Refined and elegant with concentration and complexity -this is what great chardonnay is all about.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
No question this is the jewel in the crown of the Penfolds chardonnays; nothing has been taken away from it for any of the lesser brands, including the Reserve Bin; exquisitely fine, yet intense, nectarine, white peach and citrus are seamlessly integrated with quality French oak and perfecdy balanced acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
Complexity abounds, but not heaviness, elegant very fine structure and tense acidity with long flavours of nectarine, white peach and apple. Increasing Tasmanian component in recent years channelling Puligny and Chassagne with a very firm core with a solid tannins and firm structure.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Light, bright green-gold; the piercingly intense bouquet is fruit-driven, as is the exceptionally long palate, where citrus and grapefruit come first, melon second. The oak is subtle, as is the impact of the malolactic fermentation. Largely sourced from Tumbarumba, and thus quite different to any of the preceding Yattarnas in terms of geographic base, but surely the best yet.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003

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