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.
3.8
Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars
4 Reviews

Price:
Sale price$36.00
Stock:
In stock, ready to ship

Rendering loop-subscriptions

Save to wishlist

Description

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.

TASTING NOTE

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.

VINTAGE CONDITIONS

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.

VINEYARD

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.

WINEMAKING

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

3.8
Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars
Based on 4 reviews
Total 5 star reviews: 1 Total 4 star reviews: 1 Total 3 star reviews: 2 Total 2 star reviews: 0 Total 1 star reviews: 0
75%would recommend this product
4 reviews
  • GM
    Geoffrey M.
    Verified Buyer
    Wine Knowledge Level Enthusiast
    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.
    Verified Buyer
    Wine Knowledge Level Beginner
    2 months ago
    Wine Knowledge Level Beginner
    Rated 3 out of 5 stars
    ok

    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.
    Verified Buyer
    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
    George
    Verified Buyer
    Wine Knowledge Level Beginner
    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
Reviews LoadedReviews Added

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.

Others also liked

Recently viewed

Shipping

Delivery is free on orders of $150 or more!

For orders under this amount, delivery is calculated at checkout based on your postcode. You can order in any quantity or combination of wines you like. Straight dozens are not required.

We will dispatch your order the same or next business day.

Estimated delivery transit time varies depending on your location. Please review this page for specific estimates.

Sydney (Our Vans): If no one is home and there are no special delivery instructions our driver will try to call for instructions. If the driver believes there is a safe space to leave your wine they will do so if not, they will return the item to us and hold your order until further instruction from you. 

Melbourne (Anonymous Wine Freight): If no one is home and there are no special delivery instructions, the courier will try to call for instructions. If the driver believes there is a safe space to leave your wine they will do so. if not, they will return the item to their dispatch centre and hold until further instruction from you.

Australia Post: Australia Post will leave the parcel if they have been given authority to leave and it is deemed safe to do so. To give your Authority to Leave, please enter this in the 'SPECIAL REQUEST' box at checkout.

Ordering

We want Different Drop customers to always be getting the best price. If you see a lower price elsewhere, just get in touch and we will sort it out for you. We handle all our price-matching on a case by case basis.

Some things to keep in mind: 

  • Retrospective price-matching is available for 30 days after you have purchased from us.
  • The price match cannot be used in conjunction with a coupon or one-off deal we are offering. The idea is for you to get the best price in the market so if that is already achieved through a coupon then we won't price match on top of that.
  • We don't price match clearance or fire sales.
  • We’ll match the listed price as long as it is a legitimate offer and the competing store is actually able to fulfil the order (they have stock or more stock is en route). Essentially we won't price match cheeky vendors listing wines they have no hope of actually getting for you...
  • It must be a publicly listed price. We won't match a price that has been achieved through a coupon/cash-back arrangement, or through a non-advertised offer over the phone or otherwise.  
  • It is limited to a reasonable retail quantity.

We'll treat each price match request on its merit and reserve the right to refuse where we deem fit. For example, particularly rare wines, from non-trust-worthy vendors, in circumstances we deem illegitimate or if we feel our policy is being unfairly taken advantage of.

At the end of the day, we'll look after you and use common sense to ensure you're getting the best price, please just don't take the p%$$!

No, feel free to mix it up! There is no minimum requirement. You can order wines in any quantity or combination, 1 or 50+ bottles.

We stock three different sized gift boxes (single, three bottle and six), all are available for purchase for a flat rate of $8. They look great and make an awesome impression.

To add a gift box to your order, simply add at checkout. The special requests box is your friend, please give us as many details of what you are looking for and we will try our best, or get in contact to discuss it with you. 

If you want to bulk order gifts or if you have any trouble please email hello@differentdrop.com or call and we can try and help.

 

If you can't add more wine to your cart it means we are low on stock of that wine. For example, if you are only able to 3 bottles and no more that means we only have 3 bottles left of that wine. If it's a must have, please contact us and we may be able to order more in for you.

Call Us

Send a message