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Penfolds Bin 144 Yattarna Chardonnay 2016

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  • Size: 750ml
  • Vintage: 2016
  • ABV: 13%
  • Origin:  Adelaide Hills, Henty, Tasmania and Tumbarumba/Australia
  • Grapes: Chardonnay

Description

After the success of early sherries and fortified wines, founders Dr Christopher and Mary Penfold planted their vine cuttings they had carried on their voyage over to Australia. In 1844 the fledging vineyard was officially established as the Penfolds wine company at Magill Estate.As the company grew, so too did Dr Penfold’s medical reputation, leaving much of the running of the winery to Mary Penfold. Early forays into Clarets and Rieslings proved increasingly popular, and on Christopher’s death in 1870, Mary assumed total responsibility for the winery. Mary’s reign at the helm of Penfolds saw years of determination and endeavour. In 1959 (while Schubert was perfecting his Grange experiment in secret), the tradition of ‘bin wines’ began. The first, a Shiraz wine with the grapes of the company’s own Barossa Valley vineyards was simply named after the storage area of the cellars where it is aged. And so Kalimna Bin 28 becomes the first official Penfolds Bin number wine.

First launched with the 1995 vintage, Bin 144 Yattarna is the result of one of the most comprehensive, focused and highly publicised wine development projects Australia has ever seen. Penfolds had a dream to create an ultrafine Chardonnay that would set the benchmark for the country; they achieved this using fruit from cool-climate regions. Crafted using Chardonnay grown in Tasmania (84%) and Adelaide Hills, Yattarna is aged for eight months in French oak and needs to be tasted to be believed. More wood-driven than previous vintages, this big-boned white ripples with muscular chestnut, oatmeal, white chocolate praline, ripe pear, white peach, tarte tatin, vanilla, French apricot pastry and pencil shavings. The name Yattarna comes from the Aboriginal language, meaning “little by little”. And gradually this wine is raising the standard of Australian Chardonnay with every new release.

Gently toasted almond and subtle pencil shavings give some indication of the 35% new French oak that was used to age the 2016 Chardonnay Yattarna. Ripe peach, pear and melon fruit fills out the medium to full-bodied palate, then really grows in intensity and focus on the long finish. This is the most complete Yattarna I've ever tasted, blending richness and acidity in a seamless fashion. It's a blend of fruit from Tasmania (51%), Henty (23%), Adelaide Hills (14%) and Tumbarumba (12%). 

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