Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay 2018
99 POINT RATED JAMES HALLIDAY PENFOLDS "WHITE GRANGE" YATTARNA CHARDONNAY
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- 99 POINT RATED JAMES HALLIDAY
- 98 POINT RATED TONY LOVE & TYSON STELZER
- 97 POINT RATED KEN GARGETT & RAY JORDAN
- 96 POINT RATED ANDREW CAILLARD & HUON HOOKE
- 96 POINT RATED CAMPBELL MATTINSON
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.
99 Point Rated - James Halliday Wine Companion
"An ultra-cool climate blend of Tasmania, Tumbarumba and Adelaide Hills fruit wastes no time in setting the terms of engagement with a wine of infinite class. The flinty/smoky aromas introducing an almost painful intensity on the mercurial palate, a celebration of white-fleshed stone fruits. It's made light work of 8 months in 100% new French oak. Struts its stuff without a care in the world."
98 Point Rated - Tony Love
"Senior Penfolds white wine maker Kym Schroeter has overseen a very engaging set in three distinctive chardonnay styles. The top shelf 2018 Yattarna is a stunner, a superior wine in every way with extraordinary oak integration given 60% new barrique maturation for eight months. It seems more to be about textural expression than flavour bombing and is one of the most sophisticated Penfolds chardonnays I've ever tasted on release - 98 points."
98 Point Rated - Tyson Stelzer
97 Point Rated - Ken Gargett
97 Point Rated - Ray Jordan
96 Point Rated - Andrew Caillard MW
"Pale gold. Elegant style wine with high pitched nectarine, melon aromas with flinty complexity. Intense pure lime grapefruit nectarine flavours, fine looseknit al-dente/ chalky textures, lovely mid-palate richness, underlying savoury oak complexity and fresh persistent crunchy acidity. Expressive and pure fruited with supberb vinosity and mineral length. Needs time to uncoil and further develop. An austere yet voluminous Chardonnay where less is more. A highly individual and expressive wine that needs a few years to develop more complexity and richness. Judging by the recent Penfolds Rewards of Patience tastings, the wine promises a lot more with further bottle age - 96 Points."
96 Point Rated - Huon Hooke
Bright, light-yellow hue, youthfully undeveloped for its age, and the bouquet and palate follow the same theme. It's reserved and refined, youthful and fresh, the flavour already complex in its subtle way, combining nutty, toasty, various citrus fruits - especially lemon - and a hint of spice. Cashew nuts, creamy lees, the whole wine very tightly-composed and delicate yet tremendously long and bursting with potential.
96 Point Rated- Campbell Mattinson
Bin 144 should really have made it into the title of Yattarna Chardonnay reviews at some stage, because it is a Bin wine. It’s once again from Tasmania, the Adelaide Hills and Tumbarumba regions. It saw 60% new French oak for eight months.
What it lacks in flamboyance it makes up for in finesse. This offers all the complexities you could ever want but if the Reserve Bin A is a water-balloon-above-the-doorway style then this is more of a treasure hunt in a chardonnay garden. Look and you’ll find flint, pear, nectarine, lime and cedar but what you notice more is the strength of the acidity and the startling carry of the finish. The word searing popped into mind. The finish here makes an impression, almost physically, and inspires pleasure, almost painfully. This wine’s waters are calm but we need to float out into them for at least a couple of years before dipping to cup and drink from them.
All three regions enjoyed a relatively wet winter and spring, setting the vines up with healthy soil moisture profiles for theensuing 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.
Tasmania, Tumbarumba, Adelaide Hills
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