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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.
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.