Penfolds, Chardonnay, Bin 144 (released 2002), Yattarna, South Australia, 1999
This wine: bottle no. 19011, varietal chardonnay, coated natural cork closure showing softness in the bottom 2mm, otherwise sound, 13% abv, Tasting Room, £53 (09/17)
Consumer tasting note: a nose of rich well-developed dried citrus and stone fruit, edged with toasted nuts, honeyed, with caramelised baked apple and pineapple skin; medium-full bodied, with a palate of dried stone fruit, peach jam, baked apple and honey. A medium-long length. Decant for 30 minutes+ and drink up now.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity gold, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of roasted nuts, bees-wax, thick rich honey, stewed apricot with a confected edge, dried orange peel, almond oil, hints of spice and more distant oak (which becomes more distinct with time), baked caramelised apple, hint of anise, ripe pineapple skin, very ripe yellow peach.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, a velvety texture with a noticeable grip, with flavours of honeyed dried stone fruit, touch of peach jam, ripe pineapple skin, caramelized baked apple, hint of roasted nuts. A medium (+) length with a palate-clean finish of dried stone fruit edged with hints of broom and honey, with noticeable grip and slight bitterness on the end – probably from overdoing exposure to new(ish) oak.
Quality: very good, perfectly balanced acidity with alcohol, altogether suiting the spectrum of rich flavour intensity; decent concentration, showing a fully evolved moderate-highly complex profile, with evidence of exposure to oak and time in bottle, with a dominant tertiary profile of nuts and dried fruit. Finishes a little disappointingly, at medium-long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink up now, unsuited to further ageing – a fully developed profile, with a sound structure, it will keep for a year or two, but the finish could be dwindling ie less than expected, and there is that slight bitterness on the end, which detracts a little.