We may love natural wines, Italian wines and French wines at VENO, but we also make time for some of the best flagship wines Australia has to offer. Penfold's Yattarna is just this and it's extremely limited nature means you should jump on board now!
Launched with the 1995 vintage, Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay is the result of one of the most comprehensive, focused and highly publicised wine development projects ever conducted in Australia. The aspiration and independence of mind across generations of Penfolds winemakers inspired the winery to embark on a program to create a white wine that stands alongside the standards of Penfolds Grange. Selectively sourcing only the very best Chardonnay fruit from cool-climate regions, coupled with sensitive and enlightened winemaking, the style continues to evolve. Yattarna reflects Penfolds patience and continued commitment to its original goal, its very name being drawn from the Aboriginal language, meaning ‘little by little, gradually.’ Each vintage provides the opportunity to further raise the quality bar. - Penfold's
Here's some notes from the Penfold's winemakers...
COLOUR Light straw with pale yellow hues. NOSE Aromas of new season peach and freshly cut apple are complemented by fresh grapefruit and dried lychee. The powerful fruit is in harmony with an array of spicy characters partially derived from high-quality French oak. PALATE Fresh stone fruits, with an intense lime and lemon edge, overlaying a subtle struck match character. Balanced acidity complements the creamy textured mid palate. The oak and fruit are tightly bound, revealing layered complexities and a lovely mouthfeel. – Peter Gago
COLOUR Pale straw with brilliant green hues. NOSE A full rich Chardonnay with deep, complex aromas of golden apples, mango and paw paw and hints of grapefruit. The primary fruit flavours are enhanced by spicy/cinnamon/smoky oak characters together with the subtle butteriness of malolactic fermentation. PALATE Complex and tightly structured, with intense lime and grapefruit on the front palate, which slowly changes into a mixture of citrus and pear. Finely chiselled acidity, cedary oak and lees yeastiness give excellent depth and graciously offset the richly textured. – John Duval
COLOUR Pale straw with brilliant green hues. NOSE Lovely green apple and lemon-lime citrus characters with slight grapefruit overtones. Well integrated malt and cashew nut aromas derived from the French oak exist in the background. PALATE Austere yet flavoursome describes the tightness on the palate. Elegant fruit flavours of lemon rind and nectarine exist with subtle hints of delicate oak which add to the remarkable complexity. Maturation on the yeast lees produced a malty, biscuit-like flavour. – Phillip John
COLOUR Pale straw with brilliant green hues. NOSE Lifted lemon and citrus aromas integrate with toasted malt and butterscotch. Subtle hints of delicate oak add to the complexity. PALATE Excellent integration of lean citrus and nectarine fruit characters together with pleasant gun smoke and malt flavours. The finish is soft yet crisp, leaving a pleasant creamy and velvety aftertaste. – John Duval
COLOUR Pale to medium straw. NOSE Intense, integrated aromas of ripe nectarine and citrus married with cashew nut and peach. Light toast notes are derived from barrel fermentation. PALATE This full-bodied wine reveals layers of powerful fruit characters integrated with oak and yeast lees influence. Flavours flow seamlessly between rich peach, fig, guava, and citrus fruits with notes of toasty oak in the background. – Phillip John
COLOUR Vibrant straw in colour with green hues. NOSE The bouquet shows melon and fig fruit aromas along with butterscotch-like, barrel fermentation characters and subtle, nutty oak. PALATE The palate is voluptuously rich with layers of intense, ripe Chardonnay flavours. Quince, fig and cantaloupe nuances coat the tongue and are complexed by spicy, cinnamon-like oak. A vibrant backbone of acidity is a feature of the wine, helping to balance it out. - Phillip John