Penfolds, Yattarna Chardonnay (Bin 144), 2015

South Australia, Australia

Penfolds, Yattarna Chardonnay (Bin 144), 2015

South Australia, Australia



  • Bottle
  • Case of 6


Grape Varietes: Chardonnay 100% Wine Style: Oak Aged Whites Winemaker: Peter Gago Optimum Drinking: 2017-2025 Reviewer Rating: 94 Reviewer: Decanter Code: 103025
Estate Notes

Penfolds’ Yattarna Chardonnay 2015 combines cool-climate finesse with concentration and complexity, and is a beautifully balanced oak-aged white.

The Yattarna focuses on elegance, and Penfolds selects the finest fruit it can find, which for the 2015 vintage comes mainly from Tasmania; Australia’s island state renowned for it’s cool-climate style wines. It was first released for the 1995 vintage, designed to stand alongside the standard of the Grange.

The origins of the Penfolds estate are set firmly in the medical sphere, and its reputation built up over the course of the 19th century based on the production of wines (often fortified) which were prescribed to patients by Dr Christopher Rawson Penfold who had settled in South Australia from Brighton in 1844. From the 1940s onwards the focus shifted in favour of producing table wines, and in 1951 the legendary chief winemaker Max Schubert began experimenting with the idea of making a long-lived red wine called Grange. The rest, as they say, is history.


“A more generous style of Yattarna this year and not as elegant or sophisticated as the 2014. Nonetheless, there is much to applaud and admire from this 2015 in which 84% of the fruit has come from Tasmania and the rest from the Adelaide Hills. Intriguingly, more oak was employed this year and yet it (deliberately) does not intrude on the complex palate which comprises tarte tatin, white peach and patisserie flavours combined with a touch of savoury oatmeal. Though bigger boned than some recent Yattarnas, this is still elegantly concentrated and has more than enough acidic spine to carry it forward for another six or seven years.” Decanter Magazine

Pale straw colour. A complex nose of peach and pear, with mineral/struck match notes. In the mouth there is ripe apple and pear with quite lively acidity that carries a long generous finish. David King