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Mac Forbes has a signature style. His Yarra Valley wines leap out of any regional line-up - each wine etched with Mac's thumbprint. These are fine boned tightly wound styles which call for the cellar. Here is a museum release of Mac's 2010 Woori Yallock Chardonnay. This shows in emphatic terms just why Mac makes his wines this way. Given the grace of time in bottle, the 2010 is only now starting to unfurl. It's still decidedly in the more austere side of Yarra Chardonnay, however, with time has come both weight and complexity. In short, this is right in the slot. A rare treat to see a wine like this perfectly cellared for lovers of premium Yarra Valley Chardonnay.
What it Tastes Like
Gee this looks great right now. Spice, pear, toast and peach, really lovely texture and that classic 'Mac' minerality still guiding the ship. Feels like it's still got years ahead, but ready to get stuck into now. Right in the slot. Class Chardonnay.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2022
About the Producer
If you love premium and artisanal Australian wine, Mac Forbes is a name you need to know. He’s not only one of the country’s most talented young winemakers, but he’s an influential spokesman for the concept of ‘terroir’, believing that wine should represent a time and a place.
Mac specialises in single vineyard Pinot Noir from the Yarra Valley. His wines are delicate and finely etched, characterised by subtlety and grace. His Chardonnays are loved by those who look for fruit purity rather than winemaking artifice in the variety, his array of off-dry Rieslings from the Strathboogie Ranges are some of the country’s most unique. And his ever-expanding range of experimental wines are a treasure-trove for the curious drinker.
The Yarra Valley stands tall as one of the country’s finest cool-climate wine regions. Only a short jaunt from Melbourne, the Yarra has become a tourist hot-spot for its stunning scenery, high quality produce, and of course, as the home to some of the country’s most iconic wine producers. From the extraordinarily elegant Cabernets and Syrahs that populate the ‘Valley floor’, to the precise and complex versions of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that hail from the higher climes of the Yarra, this region is diverse and in a state of change. As temperatures rise and phylloxera infiltrates each pocket of the Yarra Valley, the range of alternative varieties from continental Europe is sure to increase to create a more colourful picture of the region. The Yarra embodies so much of what is great about the modern Australian wine scene.
Australian Chardonnay is a seductive variety that comes in all shapes and sizes. From the toasty and voluptuous to the lean, flinty and minerally, there is a Chardonnay out there to suit everyone. Australia’s developing prowess with this variety has been marked by the international community with wine writers such as Jancis Robinson marvelling at the outstanding value to be had right across the country. The prestige brands of Margaret River offer wines of deep flavour and power, often crafting fuller-figured Chardonnay of outstanding quality. The cooler-climate wines from the Yarra Valley, Tasmania and the like are more focused and linear, building complexity around a backbone of pristine acidity. Whatever your preference, there is an Australian Chardonnay to enchant all comers.
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