2019 Penfolds Bin 144 Yattarna Chardonnay
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Flavour and texture in a glass. This is great wine.
Wonderful aromas of fresh peach and just ripe nectarine fill the glass with a nutty oaky note hovering nearby. The palate is more stone fruit in layers with wonderfully fresh zesty acidity. Taut and precise, not often words I would use to describe a Chardonnay but there is a certain tension in the glass. Still a baby, I think she has more to show with time in the cellar.
"57/32/11% Tasmania/Tumbarumba/Adelaide Hills fruit. Matured 8 months in 55% new French oak barriques. The tension, endurance and sheer molecular detail of Yattarna propels it to the pinnacle of Australia’s pointy chardonnay pyramid, and 2019 follows confidently in the hallowed footsteps of the sublime 2018. This is a vintage that demands a great deal of time to unfurl. Tight, compact, focused and immensely determined, it leads out in its virile youth with the finest struck flint and gunpowder. A pinpoint singularity of white-fruit precision focuses a laser line of pure white acidity that projects from its core through a finish of astounding line, length and promise. Powder-fine, crystalline minerality surges long and strong. Another epic Yattarna. Vintage on vintage, has Yattarna now ascended to become Penfolds' greatest wine of all?"
98 Points - Tyson Stelzer - Wine Companion