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    45
  • Decanting time

    1h
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    Braised Turkey

The Story

Since 1844, Penfolds has played a pivotal role in the evolution of winemaking with a history and heritage that profoundly reflects Australia’s journey from colonial settlement to the modern era. The stories and philosophies behind each label bring a timeless quality, making Penfolds wines special and compelling for collectors and drinkers the world over.

Launched in 1998 with the 1995 vintage, Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay was the result of one of the most comprehensive and highly publicised wine development programs ever conducted in Australia. The aspiration and independence of mind that the late Max Schubert brought to Penfolds winemaking philosophy inspired the winery to embark on the project of creating a white wine that would one day rival the standards of Penfolds Grange.Yattarna reflects Penfolds patience and continued commitment to this goal, its very name being drawn from the Aboriginal, meaning 'little by little, gradually'. Each vintage provides the opportunity to further raise the quality horizon.

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Vintage 2008

The 2008 is the finest Yattarna yet. It's a stunning chardonnay, with fruit sourced from Tasmania and the Adelaide Hills. It's incredibly moreish, with lemon and grapefruit notes, a hint of stone fruit and a touch of white blossom alongside peppery ginger spice notes. Very much savoury in outlook, it has a textural palate, super fine acidity and a minerally drive. While oak is present, it's well integrated. A chardonnay with a cellaring potential of 10 years.

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As noted with the Bin A, the two top Penfold's' chardies are very different beasts. For me, this was the star white of these releases – a wonderfully elegant wine. Fine and lean, tight and almost ethereal. Utterly seamless, with such delicate integration that one has to look twice for much evidence of oak. There is also plenty of citrus. The wine clearly has a good future. There is impressive intensity with underlying power. Superb chardy. It has seen 49% new oak (all the oak is French). 87% of the fruit came from Tassie, which is the trend, though the '09 will have more Adelaide Hills material.
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Origin

Magill, South Australia

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Inside Information

Far from the rich, buttery Yattarnas of the past, this is wonderfully complex, fresh and fragrant, flinty, brine, grapefruit, lime, camomile aromas. Beautifully focused, tight and linear with plenty of energy and richness. Finishes chalky, dry and incredibly long.

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 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Yattarna Chardonnay 2008  ( Penfolds  )

"As noted with the Bin A, the two top Penfold's' chardies are very different beasts. For me, this was the star white of these releases – a wonderfully elegant wine. Fine and lean, tight and almost ethereal. Utterly seamless, with such delicate integration that one has to look twice for much evidence of oak. There is also plenty of citrus. The wine clearly has a good future. There is impressive intensity with underlying power. Superb chardy.
It has seen 49% new oak (all the oak is French). 87% of the fruit came from Tassie, which is the trend, though the '09 will have more Adelaide Hills material.
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