Tag: Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay

Feb 02 2015

Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay 2012 makes list of top 50 Australian Wines

Posted on February 02, 2015 | By merrill@cellarit.com

Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay 2012 was one of four Penfolds wines to make the Top 50 Australian wines of 2014, a list recently put together by wine critic Nick Stock for JamesSuckling.com. (Tasting Report: Nick’s 50 Best Australian Wines of 2014, 5 February 2015,  JamesSuckling.com)

The 2010 Penfolds Grange took the number one spot, the Penfolds St Henri 2010 came in fifth, the Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 came in seventh and the Yattarna 2012 occupied 12th place. For chardonnay, Yattarna’s ranking was only eclipsed by the Oakridge Yarra Valley 864 Willowlake Block 6 Chardonnay 2012 in 8th place and the Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay Margaret River 2010 in 9th place.

Stock remarked that the 2012 Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay “has finally fulfilled its potential with the 2012 release,” stating that it “possesses the kind of weight, purity, class, structure and carefully constructed complexity that sets the world’s greatest chardonnay wines apart from the merely good.” (Nick’s Blog: Penfolds 2010 Grange and 2012 Yattarna, 9 October 2014, JamesSuckling.com)

“Finally fulfilled its potential” no doubt refers to the fact in the mid 1990s Penfolds set a bold ambition to create a white wine of the same standard as its world famous Penfolds Grange!

Yattarna is an Aboriginal word that means ‘little by little,’ a name that certainly seems appropriate for a wine that has stylistically evolved over the years.

Like Penfolds Grange, Yattarna is a multi region blend. In more recent vintages fruit has been primarily sourced from the primarily cooler climates of Tasmania and Victoria, with the goal of creating a style of chardonnay that is crisper, tighter and more elegant than the oaky, buttery style in vogue when the inaugural 1995 vintage was first released in 1998.

The 2012 vintage was matured for eight months … Read the rest

Mar 03 2012

Australia’s Top Ten Aged Chardonnays

Posted on March 03, 2012 | By merrill@cellarit.com

Everyone seems to love lists, so I thought I’d put together a list of the top 10 aged Australian Chardonnays, especially since I have had a chance to recently sample back vintages of two that definitely make the list: the Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 1998 and the Savaterre Chardonnay 2004.

A couple of caveats. This list is necessarily retrospective. Chardonnay in Australia is experiencing somewhat of a renaissance at the moment, with brilliant new examples of a more balanced and restrained style winning plaudits from critics and consumers alike. As Fiona Beckett recently noted in The Guardian “of all the wines that Australia produces, [chardonnay] has undergone the most dazzling transformation, reminding us what a sexy, sumptuous, delicious wine chardonnay can be.” (Wine: Australian chardonnay comes of age by Fiona Beckett, The Guardian, 13 January 2012)

The newer examples haven’t yet past the test of time, and while wine critics’ drinking windows certainly suggest great longevity, they haven’t been properly tested. Consequently superbly refined wines like Tapanappa’s Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay and the Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay, which were both first released in 2005 and 2003 respectively, don’t yet have a long enough track record to make the list.

Regular readers of my blog know that I’m a big fan of research, so for inspiration this list draws on the vast knowledge and considerable drinking experience of Australia’s best wine critics. For aged wines, however, you can’t go past the verdict of the consumer, as many of the finest bottles are snapped up for the cellar and then snapped up again on the secondary market.

One of the best gauges of consumer preference is Langton’s Classification of Australian Wines. It is considered “the form guide” for Australia’s best performing and most prized wines. To be considered … Read the rest