Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay

The trajectory of Yattarna’s ascension to the mesosphere of Australia’s chardonnay firmament is as dramatic as it is obvious. The philosophical backflip from “powerful and oaky” to “elegant and age worthy” triggered a dramatic leap in the proportion of cool Derwent Valley (TAS) fruit (now almost 90 percent) and a lower dose of new oak (less than 50 percent). Never has Yattarna shone with such piercing clarity, such sublime focus and such textured minerality. Tremendous, coiled-up energy, seamless acid profile, Linden blossom, citrus, almond.