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Penfolds V Five Vintage Blend Yattarna Chardonnaytext

Penfolds V Five Vintage Blend Yattarna Chardonnay NV

Tasmania, South Australia, AustraliaV, the Roman numeral for five, refers to the vintages 2021, 2016, 2014, 2012, and 2011 mixed at an equal 20% per year. Longtime White Winemaker Kym Schroeter told Chief Winemaker Peter Gago, "It won't work, it will oxidize, it will pick up colour." It was a massive risk then, but Schroeder now thinks it's the best thing since sliced bread. The huge difference between this and Yattarna is the subtlety and the complexity you gain from the older juice. Gago says, "it is all about the finesse, restraint, and character of modern Australian Chardonnay." It's hardly a new idea if you think, for instance, about the reserve wine added to champagne. It is as close to perfection as it gets, but it's the first release, so I left a little room for the Gago incremental improvement he expects from his team every year. Expect this wine to slowly degrade into something special.Tasted: 06 August 2023Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices:
US$600.00750mlestimated retail in select private wine shops
Producer: PenfoldsDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Grape: Chardonnay