Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay
Country: Australia, Tasmania and Adelaide Hills
Tasting Notes: Pale straw with faint lime-green hues. Stylish and classy – a lovely purity of expression with native fruits and hints of lemon zest, finger lime and crushed nasturtium leaf.
Such fruits appear to get a ‘free ride’ – courteously propelled by fine, integrated French oak … a barrel fermentation dividend? Upon a swirl and a little air, subtle notes of crushed honeycomb and camomile arise. Refined and classic. Right now, a touch on the closed side, certainly demanding a decant … and time. An initial detection of peach and nectarine from the white stone fruit spectrum but the real feature of the palate is its poise and perfectly pitched (grippy) acidity.
The palate seems to just effortlessly glide linearly, retaining intent and purpose, yet structurally possessive of a velvet sheen that charms and disarms. Supported by ultra fine cedary French oak. All tasted is both succulent and lingering, from the first sip to long after the last! Not trying too hard; balanced, patient and relaxed. Rationalises the pursuit to source the ‘finest’ Chardonnay fruits accessible from anywhere in Australia. At any cost.
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Vintage: 2019 / 2020