Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay 2005

Chardonnay from Australia

Item No. 96694
  • white wine
  • collectible wine
  • WS94
  • RP91
  • W&S90
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1997
  • WS93

Winemaker's Notes

Pale white with youthful green hues - a sensational color for a three year old, belying its true age. The nose shows intense lifted aromas of oyster shell, melon, cumquat blossom with a subtle, cheesy nougat, almond slake complexity. The palate is deceptively substantial. The layered complexity is finely balanced with mineral and slate flavors. Intense quince, loquat and grapefruit flavors and mouth-watering acidity are balanced by chalky phenolics.

Critical Acclaim

"An elegant, refined style. Starts with a lovely range of delicately honeyed pear and apple flavors, riding smoothly on a silky texture and enough acidity to keep it fresh. This lasts and lasts. It feels like it can develop even more depth. Drink now through 2012. 100 cases imported."
94 Points

"The 2005 Yattarna Chardonnay was barrel-fermented, went through malolactic fermentation, and was aged on its lees for nine months in 55% new French oak before bottling without filtration. Rounder and richer than Reserve Bin 06A, It, too, will blossom with several more years of bottle age. Drink it through 2017. "
91 Points

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Founded by a young, English doctor in 1844, Penfolds has been producing remarkable wines that have changed the landscape of Australian winemaking. Over the past century, Penfolds has indisputably led the development of Australian fine wine in the modern era. The introduction of Penfolds Grange in 1951 forever changed the landscape of Australian fine wine. Since then, a series of...

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With a landmass the size of the US, Australia has just as many appellations. Many wines are simply labeled from their state of origin. Some of these are the most popular: New South Wales - home to Sydney and other tourist destinations, New South Wales has a smaller focused wine growing region, but many wines are a blend of these smaller appellations and so are deemed New...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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