2022 Mac Forbes Yarra Valley Chardonnay

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2017 Mac Forbes Yarra Valley Chardonnay

This may be Mac’s ‘entry level’ Chard but the wonderful 2017 vintage has offered up a top drink here. This is one of those 'cult following' wines that always sells out and offers terrific value.

Tasting Notes 

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!

The Vineyards

The Yarra Valley is one of the homes of Australian Chardonnay and is definitely an area of expertise for Mac Forbes.

All of his Chardonnays strike that lovely balance between old-world elegance and finesse, with new world fruit and freshness. They’re superb. It's a blend of fruit from our Healesville, Hoddles Creek and Woori Yallock vineyards, designed to capture the essence of Yarra Valley Chardy.

Critical Acclaim

James Suckling - 92 Points
Green papaya and mangoes, squeezed lemons and a hint of blossoms, as well as some dill and coriander. Medium-bodied with no shortage of zesty acidity. Finishes mineral and fresh.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - 90 points

The 2017 Chardonnay is a light-bodied, slightly creamy-textured wine, fermented and aged in older oak. White peach and pineapple notes dominate, with some custard-like leesiness to add layers and length. Enjoy over its first several years of life.

The 2017 will mature beautifully as noted by Gary Walsh in his 93+ point review.

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!


    Year 2022
    Bottle Size 750ml
    Cultivar 100% Chardonnay
    Country Australia
    Alcohol content
    11.5% alc vol 
    Units of Alcohol per Bottle 9.4 units
    Type White Wine
    Cellaring Potential
    Generally, they can be enjoyed young but cellaring will reward with increased complexity. Drink until 2027
    Allergen Information Contains sulphites
    Yarra Valley
    Appellation Victoria