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Mac Forbes Chardonnay Yarra Valley Woori Yallock 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

What began as a leap of faith with Mac’s wines appears to be paying off quickly. His wines are well received (in 2008 Jamie Goode described him as “genius winemaker” on his Wineanorak blog). Mac has worked for the past three years as a consultant to some growers in the Carnuntum region. His Europhile approach to wine making: early harvesting, natural acidity, his search for cool sites, and a relative absence of new oak mean his wines sit very comfortably on our list. These are not wines which leap out of the glass and assault and exhaust the senses. They are cool, restrained wines, with a clear European influence, and each has a strong personality. He has proved himself very quickly as a brilliant winemaker. Woori Yallock has Mac Forbes' most impressive vineyard for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay since the first vintage in 2005. The wine is complex and pure capturing the natural line that they seek. This natural line acts as the foundation for added texture and complexity both during the winemaking and with time in bottle. While this wine shows depth and complexity now, this wine will reward careful cellaring.

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Mac Forbes Wines:
Mac Forbes isn't afraid to push the boundaries of cool climate viticulture and winemaking. Eight small vineyards (Yarra Valley and Strathbogie Ranges) are hand tended with the focus being plant and soil health. This respect for soil, vine and environment continues in the winery where fruit balance, purity and minimal inputs are considered paramount in allowing for maximum vineyard expression. ... Read more
Mac Forbes isn't afraid to push the boundaries of cool climate viticulture and winemaking. Eight small vineyards (Yarra Valley and Strathbogie Ranges) are hand tended with the focus being plant and soil health. This respect for soil, vine and environment continues in the winery where fruit balance, purity and minimal inputs are considered paramount in allowing for maximum vineyard expression. Winemaking is old fashioned and thoughtful with each parcel of fruit handled separately. The Yarra Valley comprises a number of sub-regions, providing a platform for pinot noir, chardonnay, syrah and cabernets. The elevated Strathbogie Ranges is cool and dry growing some of the most pure and distinctive riesling in the world. Read less

What began as a leap of faith with Mac’s wines appears to be paying off quickly. His wines are well received (in 2008 Jamie Goode described him as “genius winemaker” on his Wineanorak blog). Mac has worked for the past three years as a consultant to some growers in the Carnuntum region. His Europhile approach to wine making: early harvesting, natural acidity, his search for cool sites, and a relative absence of new oak mean his wines sit very comfortably on our list. These are not wines which leap out of the glass and assault and exhaust the senses. They are cool, restrained wines, with a clear European influence, and each has a strong personality. He has proved himself very quickly as a brilliant winemaker. Woori Yallock has Mac Forbes' most impressive vineyard for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay since the first vintage in 2005. The wine is complex and pure capturing the natural line that they seek. This natural line acts as the foundation for added texture and complexity both during the winemaking and with time in bottle. While this wine shows depth and complexity now, this wine will reward careful cellaring.

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