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Mac Forbes Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2016

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Winemaker Notes

The Yarra Valley Chardonnay is a blend of fruit from Healesville, Hoddles Creek and Woori Yallock vineyards. It represents a snap shot from across the valley and the vineyards. Generally, Mac Forbes Yarra Yarra Chardonnay can be enjoyed young but cellaring will reward with increased complexity.

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Scented of orange blossoms, honey-drizzled apricots and brioche with a hint of allspice, the 2016 Chardonnay is light to medium-bodied and elegantly crafted with a quiet intensity of creamy stone fruit and a refreshing finish.
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Mac Forbes first donned overalls in the South West of France at the tender age of eighteen. That summer was the catalyst for a now 20-year-long career which has seen Mac work with some of the most respected names in the business, both in Australia and overseas. Mac's early experiences covered the gamut of winemaking, teaching and marketing. From educating European distributors on Australian wines to consulting to Austrian winemakers, Mac developed a strong understanding of the international wine market and old fashioned winemaking. Returning to Australia in 2004, Mac kicked off his own project determined to marry some of the old world philosophies adapted to his beloved Yarra Valley. Determined, focused and able to multitask at high speed, Mac continues to drive the business forward. Vineyard and winery leases demonstrate his ongoing commitment to the Yarra Valley, and the next ten years look set to provide as much if not more excitement than the last.

Winemaker Austin Black joined the team in 2013 and brought with him a wealth of wine making experience. Having worked in New Zealand at Chard Farm Winery, Austin has focused his experience on cool climate regions developing his knowledge of Pinot Noir, Riesling and Syrah. While New Zealand was the catalyst for this Irishman’s wine making career, he has investigated the practices of the Old World with vintages in both Burgundy and Austria. A keen mountain biker, you will no doubt see Austin navigating the valley on two wheels.

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Yarra Valley Wine

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As the most important area of wine production in Victoria today, the Yarra Valley is most popular for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, which account for over half of vineyard acreage. A gentle, rolling and rural region alongside the Margaret River, the Yarra Valley has a cool maritime climate with a lengthy growing season, perfect for these cool-climate varieties.

Two styles of Pinot Noir are possible here. The warmer Lower Yarra Valley with sandy, loam soils, produces plush and fruity Pinot Noir while the cooler, higher-elevation Upper Yarra Valley with soils of young red basalt, produces more angular and mineral-driven Pinot Noir.

Yarra Valley Chardonnay is among the best in Australia. To preserve the floral aromatics and fresh citrus flavors for which this area’s Chardonnay is so appreciated, time in barrel is restrained (though barrel fermentation is common). The best Yarra Valley Chardonnays display brilliant acidity, leesy characteristics, citrus, stone fruit and flavors of ginger and spice.

Shiraz and Cabernet find success in parts of this region as well.

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.

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