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Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay Cellared .5c Degrees 1996

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This wine adds a new chapter to PENFOLDS' history, as Yattarna is the end product of PENFOLDS flagship white wine project, which the media termed the 'White Grange' Project. The name, Yattarna, is a local indigenous word meaning 'little by little' or 'gradually', reflecting the overall time and refinement required before PENFOLDS felt ready to release the wine. Indeed, the Bin number - 144 - is derived from the total number of wine trials undertaken in the wine's development! Often a multi-regional blend, winemakers are looking for specific ripe fruit characteristics, usually well-concentrated grapes which possess an apple/white peach/melon flavour profile and natural, minerally acidity. The evolution of Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay is the result of one of the most comprehensive and highly publicised wine development programmes ever conducted in Australia. Known as the ‘White Grange Project’, starting in 1992 and spanning six vintages, the winemakers carefully developed more than one hundred trial wines. Further, in keeping with the Penfolds tradition of producing wines to a renowned consistency of style, these were narrowed down to eight finished blends. On 8 November 1997 the winemakers decided that three parcels of Chardonnay wine making up Bin No. 144 were to become Yattarna. The name Yattarna is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘little by little, gradually’. Yattarna reflects Penfolds’ patience and commitment to creating this, our finest white wine, in the tradition of Grange. Yatt a r na Vineyard Region A delaide Hills in South Australia and Tumbarumba in New South Wales. Vintage Conditions - Grape variety Chardonnay Maturation The grapes were whole bunch pressed, barrel fermented and aged for 10 months in the finest tight-grained new French oak barriques. 100% of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation. Wine Analysis A lc/Vol: 13.50% Acidity: 6.30g/L pH: 3.19 Last Tasted 1-Sep-04 Peak Drinking Now - 2006 Food Matches I deally suited to Chicken, Pork Winemaker comments by John Duval Colour Pale to medium straw. Nose I ntense, 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. The combination of vibrant acidity, integrated oak tannins and malolactic fermentation yields a complex, silky mouth feel, with flavours lingering on the palate long after consumption

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  Tired of boring old wines from Australia? No? Then you can probably thank Penfolds Wines. Penfolds, founded in 1844 by Mary and Dr. Penfold (Mary gets top billing since she took care of most of the early management and winemaking responsibilities), has completely revolutionized not only its own product lines throughout the years, but also many wines in Australia as a whole. The wine ... Read more
  Tired of boring old wines from Australia? No? Then you can probably thank Penfolds Wines. Penfolds, founded in 1844 by Mary and Dr. Penfold (Mary gets top billing since she took care of most of the early management and winemaking responsibilities), has completely revolutionized not only its own product lines throughout the years, but also many wines in Australia as a whole. The wine produced by Penfolds was originally prescribed as tonic wines for anaemic patients, with the wine made from Grenache. By 1870, with 60 acres under vine, they were producing many more wines. In the 1920s and 1930s, Penfolds was known for its fortified wine, like many other wineries in the area. 1943 marked the start of a massive expansion for Penfolds Winery, with first the acquisition of Auldana Vineyard and its winery, and then the purchase of Kalimna Vineyard in 1945. By the end of the decade, they owned vineyards in McLaren Vale, Griffith, the Hunter Valley, and Minchinbury. Around the same time, winemaker Max Schubert returned from oversees with a completely new vision for the future of the winery. In the 50s, he started experimenting with the red wine he called Grange, which is a mix of primarily Shiraz and a little Cabernet Sauvignon, and by the 1960s the wine had spread across the Australian wine industry. Not wanting to stop with merely one of the most successful wine projects in the history of Australia, Penfolds Wines started the “White Grange” project in the 1990s, leading to the immensely popular and publicized release of the Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay. Peter Gago became their Chief Winemaker in 2002, and he, along with three winemakers in charge of red wine and one in charge of white, continue the tradition of experimentation and evolution. Read less

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This wine adds a new chapter to PENFOLDS' history, as Yattarna is the end product of PENFOLDS flagship white wine project, which the media termed the 'White Grange' Project. The name, Yattarna, is a local indigenous word meaning 'little by little' or 'gradually', reflecting the overall time and refinement required before PENFOLDS felt ready to release the wine. Indeed, the Bin number - 144 - is derived from the total number of wine trials undertaken in the wine's development! Often a multi-regional blend, winemakers are looking for specific ripe fruit characteristics, usually well-concentrated grapes which possess an apple/white peach/melon flavour profile and natural, minerally acidity. The evolution of Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay is the result of one of the most comprehensive and highly publicised wine development programmes ever conducted in Australia. Known as the ‘White Grange Project’, starting in 1992 and spanning six vintages, the winemakers carefully developed more than one hundred trial wines. Further, in keeping with the Penfolds tradition of producing wines to a renowned consistency of style, these were narrowed down to eight finished blends. On 8 November 1997 the winemakers decided that three parcels of Chardonnay wine making up Bin No. 144 were to become Yattarna. The name Yattarna is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘little by little, gradually’. Yattarna reflects Penfolds’ patience and commitment to creating this, our finest white wine, in the tradition of Grange. Yatt a r na Vineyard Region A delaide Hills in South Australia and Tumbarumba in New South Wales. Vintage Conditions - Grape variety Chardonnay Maturation The grapes were whole bunch pressed, barrel fermented and aged for 10 months in the finest tight-grained new French oak barriques. 100% of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation. Wine Analysis A lc/Vol: 13.50% Acidity: 6.30g/L pH: 3.19 Last Tasted 1-Sep-04 Peak Drinking Now - 2006 Food Matches I deally suited to Chicken, Pork Winemaker comments by John Duval Colour Pale to medium straw. Nose I ntense, 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. The combination of vibrant acidity, integrated oak tannins and malolactic fermentation yields a complex, silky mouth feel, with flavours lingering on the palate long after consumption

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