Chardonnay Fleurieu, Piccadilly + Adelaide Hills South Australia
Yattarna is local indigenous meaning gradually, reflecting the time spent refining the cuvee before it's inaugural vintage. Bin number 144 is derived from the total number of trials undertaken in the wine's development. The aspiration and independence of mind that the late Max Schubert brought to Penfolds winemaking philosophy inspired the winery to embark on the project of creating a white wine that would one day rival the standards of Penfolds Grange. Finely interwoven and seamlessly presented, the 1999 is a standout Chardonnay of impeccable pedigree with an extended, elegant finish.
Sourced from premium vineyards in the Fleurieu, Piccadilly and Adelaide Hills districts, 1999 was a variable year in South Australia due to high temperatures and low rainfall. The winemaking team looked for specific characters in the Chardonnay fruit, for inclusion into the flagship Bin 144.Penfolds policy of multi-regional blending allowed sourcing parcels of fruit from exceptional areas, such as Piccadilly, that received good winter and spring rains and hence weathered the summer heat. Chardonnay was a standout for the vintage, with ripe grapefruit characters and great depth of flavour. Maturation for ten months in new (80%) and one-year-old (20%) French oak. Alcohol 13.20% Acidity 6.80g/L pH 3.15%
Winemaker comments by John Duval. Pale straw with brilliant green hues. 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. Complex and tightly structured, with intense lime and grapefruit on the front palate, which slowly changes into a mixture of citrus and pear. Finely chiseled acidity, cedary oak and lees yeastiness give excellent depth and graciously offset the richly textured underlying fruit. Barrel fermentation, and yeast stirring (battonage) bring important elements to the Yattarna style.