One of the finest Yarra Chardonnays we've tried. "Like great Chablis", tasters declared. "No", says Mac, "It's Woori Yallock". It's an amazing wine! If a more elegant style of Chardonnay appeals to you, this will be one of the finest additions to your cellar this year.
Mac has chosen not to provide traditional tasting notes for any of his wines. His aim is that his wines hopefully capture vineyard life and vitality. As such the wines are constantly evolving. He believes that the only tasting notes that matter are yours!
This is arguably the finest Chardonnay to ever be produced by the hands of Mac Forbes. The Woori Yallock vineyard is Mac's baby. Planted in 1995, the 'School House Block is owned by the Ferguson family. Mac has been working the vineyard since 2012 and the resultant wines have been spectacular. This is a Chardonnay with amazing intensity. It's wound tight but has a glorious generosity of fruit. Oak sits firmly in the background, Mac allowing the site to shine in the glass.
2017 started slowly and took a more leisurely stroll through to harvest in March. Punctuated with regular rainfall and a moderate warmth, 2017 was a gorgeous season with near perfect conditions for ripening fruit. Low sugars and higher acids dancing with glorious fruit weight define 2017.
At 1.36ha, the School House block, owned by the Fergusons, has been leased by Mac Forbes Wines since 2012. The south facing aspect delivers relief to the vines from hot northerly winds. This unique vineyard, planted in 1995, produces stunning fruit in both hot and cooler years and captures much of what they are seeking in terms of suitability of variety to site.
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, 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 Strathbogie Ranges are some of the country's most unique.
And his ever-expanding range of experimental wines is a treasure-trove for the curious drinker and he is honestly one of the most genuine and affable winemakers you'll ever meet!
13% alc vol
|Units of Alcohol per Bottle||9.8 units|
Drink until 2030
We recommend decanting this wine prior to serving. (10-15 degrees)
9 months in old oak
|Allergen Information||Contains sulphites|
Woori Yallock, Yarra Valley