Marks and reviews
Voted New World Winery of the Year in 2013 by the prestigious Wine Enthusiast magazine, Penfolds had already established itself as an icon of Australia's great wines thanks to the unparalleled determination of Mary Penfold in the 19th century. Certainly the co-founder of Penfolds devoted herself body and soul to making exceptional wines. Her life's work is reflected in the winery's success in establishing itself as a benchmark in Southern Australia. When Max Schubert joined the Penfolds venture in the 1950s, he brought to the estate's wines the elegance of the great Bordeaux wines that so fascinated him. Success was not long in coming when the cellar master signed his famous Grange cuvée, which crossed Australian borders to win the hearts of wine lovers around the world.
Yattarna from Penfolds has become the benchmark for Australia's finest Chardonnay. This renowned wine was launched in 1998 with the 1995 vintage. It is made with the highest quality grapes from cool regions such as Tasmania and the Adelaide Hills which are capable of producing the most elegant wines. Winemaking is done with great care with the aim to achieve excellence. This ambitious project has been one of the country's most talked about within the wine industry. The name Yattarna means "little by little, gradually" in the local indigenous language, a promise of Penfolds' commitment to raising the quality level of this remarkable wine.
Tasmania, the southernmost region, experienced higher rainfall during the February to April growing season. Near Launceston, the White Hills vineyard recorded the highest cumulative rainfall in 20 years in April. As a result, the harvest was delayed due to the combination of rain with cool weather. However, the yields were good and the quality excellent. This harmonious vintage produced from exceptional Chardonnay plots.
Yattarna from Penfolds was aged for 8 months in French oak barrels, of which 86% were new wood, and 14 months in one-wine casks.
This wine has a pale golden, straw yellow colour.
This wine is complex and tight, with citrus notes accompanying toasted brioche to delight.
Saline notes as well as scents of pure fruit mingling with a lovely acidity and a good length on the palate give this wine more complexity than previous vintages.
Food and wine pairing
Cheese, fish risotto and salmon would be great accompaniments to this complex wine.
For the best tasting, serve between 9 and 12°C.
Yattarna 2020 from Penfolds can be tasted between 2024 and 2040.