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November 10, 2017

Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay 2015 & Penfolds Bin 311 Chardonnay 2016

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In our new-release offer of Penfolds Grange 2013 two weeks ago, we posited that it was a candidate for 100 points and we are delighted to report it has now been awarded exactly that. Please click on our Wine Advocate report below to view other triumphs from our recent releases. This is another great accolade for Penfolds, which further cements its greatness and that of the range. Following this, we are delighted to release a wine known as ‘White Grange’ the stunning Penfolds Yattarna, along with their superb and brilliantly priced Bin 311. Together these offer stunning Chardonnays at two different price points, both brilliant value for money.

In 2015, Yattarna has been awarded one of its highest ever scores from the Wine Advocate, with a stunning 95+ points. Moreover, it has been awarded 97 points from James Halliday, who states it is ‘A perfect example of the original aim of finding a white wine partner to Grange’  Yattarna is known as one of the Grand Cru Chardonnay from Australia and offers immense quality for £470 per case of six. To put it into perspective we receive less than half the allocation of Yattarna that we get for Grange. In addition, we can offer their superb Bin 311, which has been scored 94 points by James Halliday and 90 from the Wine Advocate. It is a superb offering priced at £95 per case of six, a wine for which we are heavily oversubscribed every year.

Penfolds Yattarna Bin 144 Chardonnay South Eastern Australia 2015, to give it its full signature, saw its first vintage, the 1995, launched in 1998. The name Yattarna derives from Aboriginal language meaning, ‘little by little’, or ‘gradually’, referring to their long-term goal of making the finest Chardonnay in Australia, a white version of the mighty Grange. The 2015 release is their 21st and among the most exceptional. Yattarna is made from 100% Chardonnay, from the cool climate regions in Tasmania and Adelaide hills. The wine spends eight months in 100% new French barriques. It combines richness and elegance, Chardonnay tempered by the coolest climates in Australia. It is selected from the finest Chardonnay grapes and gives the leading Grand Cru Burgundies a run for their money. It displays white flowers, acacia, with lovely notes of apple, lemon zest, honeysuckle and cedar. The finish has plenty of acidity, which, as Monica Larner of the Wine Advocate says, makes it very age worthy: ‘The palate is typically tightly wound, revealing great tension and minerality, yet it also has a lot of fruit and a lovely silken texture, finishing long and invigorating. Forget it for two to three years and drink it over the next 10+.’

Penfolds Tumbarumba Bin 311 is sourced from a single, cool-climate region, considered by many as marginal. It is one of Australia’s most exciting regions, with its cool-climate and high-altitudes. Penfolds have worked with Chardonnay here since the 1990s and Bin 311 is the epitome of their achievement. It undergoes barrel fermentation then spends nine months in season French Oak. It exhibits superb minerality with a lovely freshness derived from its backbone of acidity. It is a stunning example of top end winemaking trickling down to their mid range. At under £16 a bottle it offers wonderful quality and you will be hard pressed to find a better Chardonnay at this price point.

Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay 2015, 6×75 – £470 IB

95+ Points, Lisa Perroti-Brown, The Wine Advocate
The 2015 Chardonnay Yattarna has a lot of puppy fat on the nose at this youthful stage, showing exuberant notes of baked peaches, apple pie, guava and pineapple paste over yeasty/savory notions and a waft of crushed stones. The palate is typically tightly wound, revealing great tension and minerality, yet it also has a lot of fruit and and a lovely silken texture, finishing long and invigorating. Forget it for two to three years and drink it over the next 10+. 

97 points, James Halliday, Wine Companion
From Tasmania and the Adelaide Hills, matured for 8 months in French barriques (65% new). A perfect example of the original aim of finding a white wine partner to Grange. Power and stealth are an unlikely combination, but endeavouring to unpick the multitude of flavours isn’t useful. The heart of this great chardonnay is its balance, and the extreme length built on its bracing acidity.

Penfolds Bin 311 Chardonnay 2016, 6×75 – £95 IB

90 points, Lisa Perroti-Brown, The Wine Advocate
Penfolds’ cool climate Chardonnay offering, the 2016 Chardonnay Bin 311, has fresh white peach, lemon curd and Golden Delicious apple with hints of honeysuckle and lightly browned toast. Light to medium-bodied, it has a lively line of acid lifting the pure stone fruit and apple flavors, finishing on a mineral note. 

94 points, James Halliday, Wine Companion
Vibrantly crisp and piercing, proclaiming its cool-grown origins, with nectarine and grapefruit the driver, French oak the second tier.

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