Aged in 64% new oak with 95% of the fruit sourced from Tasmania, the 2011 Yattarna Chardonnay is a little closed with subtle apple and white peach aromas accentuated by touches of lemon peel and cream, plus a whiff of struck match. Light to medium-bodied, the palate has a fantastic, satiny texture that is concentrated though remains very tight and crisp at this stage. It finishes long. Drink 2015 to 2020+.
NOSE Key words here – restraint, purity. Demands a decant!
With aeration, released aromas of pink grapefruit, lemony citrus and white peach are interwoven with stylish French oak nuances of graphite/pencil shaving. Shades of rock fl int add intrigue to this impressively crafted wine – a wine requiring little persuasion to taste.
PALATE A seamless, stylish, structure with all parts in harmony! Pink grapefruit, lemon curd, almond biscotti amidst refined chalky acid – invoking linearity and leading to a svelte and silken finish with remarkable length. Powerful, yet exhibiting finesse and grace!
VINTAGE CONDITIONS Tasmania and Adelaide Hills – both exceptional Chardonnay vintage conditions in 2012. Tasmania for the most part enjoyed very favourable growing conditions with very little frost incidence or disease – ensuring good crop levels and pristine fruit quality at harvest. A great vintage for Tasmanian Chardonnay! The Adelaide Hills experienced above average rainfalls throughout the growing season with a mild to warm summer. During the ripening period, optimum temperatures prevailed right through to harvest. This, along with lower than average crops and great canopy growth gave way for wonderful flavour development.
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