2021 Mac Forbes EB69 Shooter McGavin Chardonnay 1.5L

Yarra Valley, VIC

Magnum only, super-small batch Yarra Chardonnay with a bit of whole bunch and a bit of skin contact. Another excellent Experimental Batch wine from the team at Mac Forbes.



About the Wine

The team at Mac Forbes in the Yarra Valley doesn't mind a walk on the wild side, those vinous expeditions often end up in his Experimental Batch (EB) series of small release wines.

This time it is pristine Yarra Chardonnay, gently basket pressed after spending 10 days on its skins, then into old oak.

A bit more grunt and stuffing than Mac's normal lean and flinty Chardonnays, with a greenish, fresh edge and concentrated stone-fruit core.

Only available in magnum, because... that's what Shooter would have wanted.

About Mac Forbes

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 winemakers, but he’s one of the most influential spokesmen for promoting the concept of Australian ‘terroir’, believing that wine should represent a time and a place.

Mac specialises in single vineyard Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Cabernet from the Yarra Valley. His wines are delicate and finely-etched, characterised by subtlety and grace.

His Pinot Noirs are fine-boned, the Chardonnays are adored by lovers of fruit purity rather than winemaking artifice, and his array of off-dry Rieslings from the Strathbogie Ranges are among the country's most interesting.

Additionally, his ever-expanding range of experimental wines is a treasure-trove for the curious drinker.

The ever-affable Mac Forbes
The ever-affable Mac Forbes
Yarra Valley, VIC
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From the Producer

Chasing after the famed Gold Jacket is enough to send anyone wild (unless, of course, you don't give a sh*t). In cases like these, you need some equally as unruly interns who are willing to wrestle with a basket press and put those grapes back in their place.

Every year we give our interns some fruit to do whatever they want with over harvest. Sometimes it is a humorous and hard-won learning experience, and sometimes we bottle it exclusively in magnums. A bit of skin contact and a whole bunch of attitude, this Chardonnay was lovingly nurtured by Mitch and Phil. From twice daily hand plunging, to late night basket pressing and barrelling by gravity, no two men have cared more about success since Shooter himself.

The origin being Phil and Mitch at harvest opting to go the long way in pressing this parcel of chardonnay via the basket press. White stone fruits, with pith, gentle green crushed herbs of fennel, basil and thyme. The palate is demanding with robust structure and loads within. Not heavy, but textural and nicely weighted.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
ABV : 10.50%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2028
Bottle Size : 1500ml

Mac walking the vineyards
Mac walking the vineyards
Yarra Valley, VIC

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