This is in the flinty, crunchy, Chablis aisle of the Mac Forbes Chardonnay supermarket. A real minerally feel here, with citrus and grapefruit being the dominant fruit characters. It's a pithy, dramatic wine that will reward some cellaring. De-stemmed and crushed before pressing, matured for nine months in old oak.
Winery notes (2019 Vintage)
"The Villages tier represents a huge step in the broader understanding of the wonderfully diverse Yarra Valley. For years, the Yarra has been represented by both single vineyard wines and broader blends across the whole region. Mac has long held the view that with experience and curiosity, different areas will grow in clarity and distinction
East facing within a smaller valley that runs from Yarra Junction to Poweltown in the south, featuring grey loam soils with underlying silt. Cooler winds roll off the Yarra River, with mountains directly to the north and south-west providing protection from hot afternoon sun in summer. Typically later ripening, thicker skins and higher acids are reflected in elegant structure with clean lines and powerful drive."
94/100 Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, December 2020 (2019 Vintage)
"Yes. Beautiful chardonnay. That extra clip of flavour but in the context of elegance. Honeysuckle, white peach, lemon and meal. Both succulent and free-flowing. No need to go on; it’s excellent."