“It is again one of the finest Australian chardonnays of the year.”
100 points. Just wow.
Pale straw with green hues, the nose represents a complex synthesis of aromatics that take some time to fully unfurl, allow time and use a glass of generous proportions. The first impression is a trip to a Parisian fromagerie, very ripe Brie de Meaux with lavosh and cumquat jam. There is a hint of baking spice, no doubt derived from the high-quality French oak maturation. Freshly baked almond croissant notes set the mouth watering!
What the aromatics promise, the palate delivers. There is a level of complexity evident that places this vintage of Yattarna among the finest ever made. Citrus to the fore, with pink grapefruit leading the charge, ably backed up by lemon curd. Textually very fine indeed, with a crème brûlée like richness and flavour holding court. There are flavours of just-roasted hazelnuts and salted cashews. Fresh nougat makes a cameo appearance, embedded with pistachio nuts and wrapped in glutinous rice paper. Black sesame paste baked in a Japanese milk bun. The finish is very long, the core of fruit goes on and on, braced by beautifully composed acidity.
100 – Andrew Caillard MW
“Beautifully concentrated chardonnay with superb pure grapefruit, lime, stone fruit flavours, fine lacy textures, impressive mid-palate generosity, underlying marzipan, vanilla notes and fresh flinty complexity. Finishes minerally and long. Electrifying wine with wonderful volume, fruit definition, weight, complexity and energy. Highlights a marvellous vintage and years of improving the style.”
98 – Tyson Stelzer
“The confidence with which Yattarna delivers incredible concentration in the presence of profound tension, heightened fruit definition with outstanding oak support and grand endurance … Pristine white fruits are set to a scintillating and mineral-fine acid line of profound energy that sets off a brilliant, glittering finish of pinpoint accuracy and enduring drive. It is again one of the finest Australian chardonnays of the year.”