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Penfolds - Yattarna Chardonnay 2016


  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: South Australia
  • Wine Area: Multi regional
  • Wine Maker: Peter Gago
  • Grape: Chardonnay
  • Grape Percentage: 100% chardonnay
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drinking well now, but will improve with time. Drinking window 2020 - 2035
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 96 (2016) JR: 17 (2016)


Launched in 1998 with the 1995 vintage, Yattarna is the result of one of the most comprehensive, focused and highly publicised wine development projects ever conducted in Australia. The aspiration and independence of mind across generations of Penfolds winemakers inspired the winery to embark on a program to create a white wine that stands alongside Grange. Selectively sourcing only the very best Chardonnay fruit from cool-climate regions, coupled with sensitive winemaking, the style continues to evolve.

Yattarna reflects Penfolds patience and continued commitment to its original goal, its very name being drawn from the Aboriginal language, meaning ‘little by little, gradually.’ Each vintage provides the opportunity to further raise the quality bar.

Wine tasting notes

Colour Pale straw with faint lime-green hues. Nose Stylish and classy – a lovely purity of expression with native fruits and hints of lemon zest, finger lime and crushed nasturtium leaf. Such fruits appear to get a ‘free ride’ – courteously propelled by fine, integrated French oak … a barrel fermentation dividend? Upon a swirl and a little air, subtle notes of crushed honeycomb and camomile arise. Refined and classic. Right now, a touch on the closed side, certainly demanding a decant … and time. Palate An initial detection of peach and nectarine from the white stone fruit spectrum but the real feature of the palate is its poise and perfectly pitched (grippy) acidity. The palate seems to just effortlessly glide linearly, retaining intent and purpose, yet structurally possessive of a velvet sheen that charms and disarms. Supported by ultra fine cedary French oak. All tasted is both succulent and lingering, from the first sip to long after the last! Not trying too hard; balanced, patient and relaxed. Rationalises the pursuit to source the ‘finest’ Chardonnay fruits accessible from anywhere in Australia. At any cost.

Winery Information


Penfolds' first vineyard was founded in 1844 at Magill, South Australia, by Dr Christopher Rawson Penfold. After travelling to Bordeaux and studying winemaking techniques there, he returned vowing to produce a wine to rival the greatest clarets, this was Grange. The first vintage of Grange, named after Dr Penfold's cottage in Magill, was 1951. All early vintages were made from Shiraz grapes grown at Magill and Morphett Vale, Adelaide, and the wine was matured in new American oak for 12 months... read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2016)96 pts

Joe Czerwinski : October 2018 : Gently toasted almond and subtle pencil shavings give some indication of the 35% new French oak that was used to age the 2016 Chardonnay Yattarna. Ripe peach, pear and melon fruit fills out the medium to full-bodied palate, then really grows in intensity and focus on the long finish. This is the most complete Yattarna I've ever tasted, blending richness and acidity in a seamless fashion. It's a blend of fruit from Tasmania (51%), Henty (23%), Adelaide Hills (14%) and Tumbarumba (12%). (2016)17 pts

Fruit is 51% Tasmania, 23% Henty, 14% Adelaide Hills and 12% Tumbarumba. Orange fruit no longer goes in their top bottlings. They now own the Henty vineyards. Growing conditions were close to ideal, with good winter rains, a warm and clear spring and a rain-free harvest. Eight months in French oak, 35% new oak. No wild ferments for Yattarna. Having chosen the best fruit they want the insurance of knowing how the ferments will go. TA 7.1 g/l, pH 3.14. Quite a blend. Complex and well balanced. Chalky crunch and life. Long and a very obvious step up from the other two Chardonnays. Light grip and hint of phenolic bitterness on the end.