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Penfolds Yattarna Bin 144 Chardonnaytext

Penfolds Yattarna Bin 144 Chardonnay 2021

Tasmania, South Australia, AustraliaIn all, there were 144 trial wines made before Yattarna was eventually launched in 1998, hence the Bin 144 moniker. Indeed, it was made little by little, a literal translation of the indigenous Yattarna name. The ability to blend Yattarna from various regions, a Penfolds’ specialty, is the final piece of the Yattarna project. The coolest, most marginal sites create the tightness and styling that is the story of Yattarna, and the 23rd release (2021) is near perfection. The fruit is a mix from Tasmania, Tumbarumba, and Adelaide Hills, spending nine months in 70% new French oak. A whiff of brie, hazelnuts, and fresh pastry set the stage for an electric, flinty, mineral-based chardonnay tightly wound from front to back. This barrel-fermented oxidatively made chardonnay with barely any colour seems impossible, as does the flavour concentration at a mere 13% alcohol. This is one for the ages.Tasted: 06 August 2023Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices:
AB$220.00750mlselect private retailers
BC$150.00750mlestimated retail in select private wine shops
Producer: PenfoldsDistributors: Mark Anthony Wines and Spirits
Grape: ChardonnayCSPC: 717512UPC: 0012354072251