Chardonnay South Australia
The flagship Bin 144 Chardonnay adds a new chapter to Penfolds history. A multi-regional blend in a quest to capture the holy grail of Australia's most superlative Chardonnay, the winemakers searched through the wide expanse of Penfolds vineyards. After gathering components of rare and outstanding Chardonnay showing specific characteristics, well-concentrated grapes which possess luscious apple/white peach/melon flavours, Penfolds has applied their compelling winecraft to create a memorable white of immense profile, palate structure and natural, minerally acidity.
Components of exceptional Chardonnay from vineyards in the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula, New South Wales Tumbarumba, and Drumborg in Victoria. 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.Conditions were outstanding for the source vineyards which contributed fruit for this vintage. In true Super Premium Penfolds styling, the Yattarna was built to benefit fom extended cellaring, and now stands ready to enjoy for immediate cosumption. Matured in new and one-year-old French oak. Alcohol 13.50% Acidity 6.46g/L pH 3.15%
Peak drinking right now. Ideally suited to gourmandise chicken, white meats and seafood, a wine that was crafted to age for many years, the 1998 is now at the peak of flavour development. Winemaker comments by John Duval. Pale straw with brilliant green hues. Shows green apple and citrus with some grapefruit overtones. Integrated malty, cashew nut oak exists in the background. Complex and tightly structured, the flavoursome palate displays elegant lemon rind, melon and passionfruit characters. Some cedary oak is balanced with a malty, biscuitlike flavour produced by maturation on yeast lees. Displaying rich viscosity and minerally acid, the wine finishes clean and soft with excellent length.