Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay 2020
99 POINT RATED ANDREW CALLIARD MW PENFOLDS "WHITE GRANGE" YATTARNA CHARDONNAY
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- 99 POINT RATED ANDREW CALLIARD MW
- 98 POINT RATED JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION
- 98 POINT RATED TONY LOVE
- 97 POINT RATED TYSON STELZER
- 96 POINT RATED HUON HOOKE THE REAL REVIEW
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 - Andrew Calliard MW
Pale colour. Sublime grapefruit, white peach, pear, hunt grilled nut aromas with fresh quartz/flinty notes. Beautifully balanced wine with pure grapefruit, white peach flavours, fine al dente textures, hint yeasty / waxy notes, superb mid palate volume and underlying grilled nut, marzipan notes, Finishes chalky and minerally with ample grapefruit notes. All the elements are in perfect balance. A wonderful Yattarna with superb fruit definition, complexity, richness and mineral length. Should last at least 20 years. 100% of the blend is aged for eight months in new (86%) and seasoned one-year-old (14%) oak. Drink now -2042
98 Point Rated - James Halliday Wine Companion
A blend of Tasmanian and Adelaide Hills fruit, albeit with a mention of Henty. Fermented and matured for 8 months in French barriques (86% new). The 18 months in bottle is celebrated by a wonderful bouquet surging with a burst of spice, char, smoke and grapefruit. The palate is a masterful display of mouth-watering precision and freshness, yet with the complexity of a great chardonnay.
98 Point - Rated Tony Love Wine Pilot
"Majority Tasmanian fruit from the White Hills Vineyard outside Launceston, the proportions flipped in comparison to the lastest Bin 311 variation. Immediatley comlex and layered, with house styled flintiness in play within a matrix of immensely attractive and seductive aromas that highlight the magic that happens when such energy-driven fruit meets the finest of oak regimes (French barriques, 86% new for eight months). Yeast buns and toasted almons pop in and out for a nasal visit, before you enter pure chardonnay heaven as you taste: white stone fruits and yellow grapefruits in an engaging conversation with creamy elements counterpointing lifts of tangy acidity, finishing with impressive length. Everything here is of the finest design. World class."
97 Point - Rated Tyson Stelzer
97 Points - Ken Gargett, The World Of Fine Wine
96 Point Rated - Huon Hooke The Real Review
Bright, light yellow hue; overt oak on the nose, nutty, faintly toasty, a hint of Weetbix, the palate delicate, taut, reserved and high-tensioned. Length is good but it seems to taper a little into the finish; lively but harmonious acidity providing refeshment and delicacy to the fruit. Very reserved in spite of its two years of age. Showed more butter, toast and various citrus fruits after some time in the glass. A pristine wine. The style seems even more pared-back and built for ageing than usual. (Tasmania & Adelaide Hills)
96 Point Rated - Campbell Mattinson
Citrus and pink grapefruit, pear and toast, cedarwood. This just rolls up and delivers the goods; complex, smoky and sustained. That’s all you really need to know – the quality is laid down in the most irrefutable of ways – and yet the way texture is used here, too, is interesting; it’s more silken than creamy, almost grapey but more than that; fluid. Yattarna is always powerful but this release, at least until the strings are drawn on the finish, feels juicy. In short, outside of its quality, it’s an infant. A powerful infant. A Bamm Bamm, complex.
96 Point Rated - David Sly Decanter Magazine
"Rarefied and seamless, this austere wine draws you into its soft layers of complexity. The floral entry is gentle, with discrete white peach and citrus blossom. Fleshy pith clings to the palate, while a lick of strong lime juice frames the edges. It doesn't exert the same power and punch of previous vintages, but the flavours drive long and true, being a defining feature of the disinctive acidity found in the Tasmanian fruit, here blended with parcels from the Adelaid Hills.
Tasmania enjoyed above-average rainfall across the growing season, dominated by a wetter than average February, March and
April. The White Hills vineyard near Launceston recorded their highest total April rainfall in 20 years. September and November were
cooler than average, driven by lower minimum temperatures, with only two days above 35°C recorded in January. Harvest was
delayed by cool conditions and intermittent rain. Overall yields were good, and the quality was excellent. The Adelaide Hills
experienced an extended dry season. A normal and even budburst occurred in early September 2019 in cool, dry conditions. October
was warmer, encouraging vines to accelerate their growth, however a cool November slowed vine phenology and canopy
development. The region was hit by devastating fires in December with significant loss of vines. Decent rainfall towards the end of
January reduced vine stress just before veraison. Autumn arrived early with long sunny days and cool nights, perfect for finishing off
ripening. An orderly vintage produced some outstanding parcels of chardonnay.
Tasmania, Adelaide Hills
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