2023 Mac Forbes Yarra Valley Chardonnay

Yarra Valley Chardonnay that is all about purity, freshness and balance. Mac Forbes is simply a master of fine-boned Chardonnay.
Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars
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The Yarra Valley is one of the homes of great Australian Chardonnay. Getting the best out of Chardonnay from this region is definitely an area of expertise for Mac Forbes.

If you like a more linear, modern expression of the variety, walk this way. All of Mac's Chardonnays strike that lovely balance between elegance, finesse, and freshness. They're fine-boned, pure and superb to drink. It's designed to capture the essence of Yarra Valley Chardonnay.

This is quintessential modern Yarra Chardonnay that will mature beautifully over the medium term.

The Yarra Valley label is the regional overview of our Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. ‘Yarra Valley’ is a blend of declassified barrels from our grower vineyards and
the Mac Forbes single vineyard sites. They represent a snapshot from across the valley and our vineyards. Generally, they can be enjoyed young but cellaring will reward with increased complexity.


The nose is an exotic mix of wet stones, quince, yellow melon and grapefruit. It's accompanied by subtle crushed herbs and lees, creating a pristine aroma.

The palate offers a lovely, inviting experience with expanding texture, fruit density, and a caressing line of acid. As the wine stretches across the palate, notes of melon and ripe citrus expand, while the acid threads its way to the back palate.

This wine is expected to continue improving for 5-8 years.

We recommend serving this wine between 12-14 degrees.


A challenging season with extreme rainfall during winter and spring. Poor flowering conditions has meant another year of reduced yields, but depth and concentration
of flavour are all the better for it. Long slow ripening over the summer gave us a late start to the harvest, with wonderful fruit detail and depth. Quite a revelation from such a challenging season.


The Yarra Valley Chardonnay is a blend of fruit from grower vineyards and properties that we farm across both the upper Yarra and Valley floor.


Fruit: Destemmed and crushed before pressing

Fermentation: Old barriques on fine solids

Maturation: 11 months in old large and small format oak

Yeast: Wild

Fining: None

Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars
Based on 4 reviews
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4 reviews
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    Geoffrey M.
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    2 months ago
    Wine Knowledge Level Enthusiast
    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    I liked it


    TasteRated 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Interest LevelRated 3.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Value for MoneyRated 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
  • SK
    Sienna k.
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    Wine Knowledge Level Beginner
    2 months ago
    Wine Knowledge Level Beginner
    Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    It wasn't as good as previous years

    TasteRated 3.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Interest LevelRated 2.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Value for MoneyRated 3.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
  • JC
    Jessica C.
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    Wine Knowledge Level Beginner
    1 year ago
    Wine Knowledge Level Beginner
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Max Forbes Chardonnay

    Great crisp wine

    TasteRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Interest LevelRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Value for MoneyRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
  • G
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    4 years ago
    Wine Knowledge Level Beginner
    Rated 3 out of 5 stars
    OK not great

    I was expecting more from this. It wasn't a bad drop, but I guess my expectations were inflated given reviews from both critics and the general public.

    This was my first order from Different Drop. I was very impressed with the online process and the logistics/packaging. The service feels very premium, unlike the wine I ordered. Not to worry, the search for my perfect drop continues and I'll be ordering through DD again.

    TasteRated 3.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Interest LevelRated 3.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Value for MoneyRated 2.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
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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, Syrah 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.

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