Yarra Valley, Vic
750 mL Bottle
"From declassified portions of Mac's six single vineyard wines - Coldstream, Gruyere, Woori, Yarra Junction, Seville and Hoddles - this is a sweetly scented, energetic Pinot, with lovely length and definition. The blend takes in roughly 10% whole bunches and a portion of the fruit was foot-stomped. Indigenous fermentation, hand-plunging in open fermenters and maturation in older barrels for 11 months pretty much covers the rest of the winemaking specs. 2013's aromatic spiciness gives the wine an attractive top note and there's also ripe cherry and tangy blueberry fruit in support. The palate is succulent, layered and driven with excellent density of fruit, some powdery tannins and a savoury, cleansing finish. A terrific value from what looks to be another exciting vintage for the Forbes team." Winemaker's Note
REVIEWS ON SOME PREVIOUS VINTAGES
Mac Forbes Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2012
"Forbes has struck it right in 2012: this is restraint with power – an exciting prospect for Pinot drinkers. The vibrant strawberry and cherry fragrance is striking: gently sappy yet suggesting great concentration. In the mouth there are beautifully sculpted silky and ripe tannins carrying bright pink fruit flavours. It all slides smoothly through to an expansive, vibrant finish."
93 Points Decanter Magazine
Mac Forbes Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2011
"The pale-pink colour here is typical of both the light hand of Mac Forbes and the cooler vintage on offer; it shows a fine array of wild red berry fruits on the nose amid gentle meaty notes and oak spice. The palate is a bright, juicy and tangy red fruit style with strawberry flavour, fine tannins and a good length, despite considerable elegance."
92 Points, Nick Stock, SMH and The Age Good Wine Guide 2013
Mac Forbes Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2009
Mac Forbes, good dude and modern day Bourke and Wills for the 'elusive sites', has done much for sexing up the Yarra Valley region's ability to do great things with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. He fiddles, he fossicks, he sources, he has nice hair. Who doesn't like nice hair? GW has nice hair. Meanwhile, the wine itself is notable for finding that tenuous balance between herbal/cool climate influence and the pure, ripe, expressive fruit component. I like that first whiffs give off a little greenery, and the movement is to black cherry compote and darker, deeper things anyway. But, in general, that initial glimpse of stalk or stem or cool site affectation can be very pretty and attractive for the Pinotphile seeking complexity and intrigue from a wine. Not to say Mac uses bunches with any uniformity, I suspect that in the difficult 2009 vintage things ran a little differently this time. Regardless, the palate is coiled, not taught, but bound - black cherry, ripe wild raspberry, a little sappy chew in the texture and a long, almost citrus/slate like freshness in the finish. Feels very pure, second glass comes quickly. Elegant for sure, with seamless flow and a warming embrace of righteous Pinot Noir fruit. A bewdy. Drink 2011-2017.
93 Points Wine Front
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