2022 Mac Forbes Yarra Valley Chardonnay

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2018 Mac Forbes Yarra Valley Chardonnay

This is one of those 'cult following' wines that always sells out and offers terrific value. It is all about purity, freshness and balance. 

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 Yarra Valley label is the entry into Mac's Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. ‘Yarra Valley’ is a blend of all declassified barrels from each of their single-vineyard sites. They represent a snapshot from across the valley and the vineyards. Generally, they can be enjoyed young but cellaring will reward with increased complexity.

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.

2018 Vintage Conditions 

The 2018 growing season was broken into two halves. With a wet winter and spring, the vines surged into summer with good vigour and available soil moisture (coupled with high disease pressure). Summer shifted gear into above-average temperatures and below-average rainfall. The stand out varieties at this stage were late-ripening Cabernet and Syrah as well as the ever-impressive Chardonnay.

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!

Alan's Personal Tasting notes

"Delicious - everything we come to expect from Mac Forbes - great winemaking giving excellent balance and structure. Enough acidity to be fresh and clean but nothing excessive. Fruit is pure - mangoes, pineapples and peach to the fore. Weight wise it sits somewhere in the middle of light fresh minerality and oak ripe fruit bomb. A masterpiece!" May 2022


    Year 2022
    Bottle Size 750ml
    Cultivar Chardonnay
    Country Australia
    Alcohol content
    12.5% 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.

    Decant this wine prior to serving (10-15 degrees).
    Maturation 10 months in old oak
    Allergen Information Contains sulphites
    The Yarra Valley Chardonnay is a blend of fruit from Healesville, Hoddles Creek and Woori Yallock vineyards.
    Appellation Victoria