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Westwood is made by one of the Yarra Valley’s favourite sons, Mac Forbes.
The 2015 Westwood Chardonnay is a slightly riper, more textural version of Yarra Chardonnay from Mac. Mac’s own label typically releases a leaner and tighter version of Chardonnay. The fruit that doesn’t quite fit that job description finds its way into Westwood.
Exceptional value for money, fans of Yarra Chardonnay should not hesitate. An excellent vintage, an excellent winemaker, all boxes ticked here with this wine.
What It Tastes Like
White peach and struck flint, mineral and typically racy acid from Mac. The fruit is a little more generous though, with good weight and juiciness. A bit of texture and chewy though still a leaner style in the scheme of things. Gives a lot of Chardonnay for the dollars. So tasty.
Fruit sourced from the Coldstream Hills region of the Yarra Valley. Whole bunch pressed, wild Yeasts, no MLF, raised in used oak for only three months. Light filtration due to minimal sulphur addition.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2021
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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