Mac Forbes grew up in the Yarra Valley but set off to see the wine making world. Working in France, Italy, Australia, Portugal and Mount Mary in the Yarra. In 2004 when he returned home he was convinced that Australia was capable of making sub-regional and site specific wines and that, with a bit of hard work, the humble Yarra Valley could be making some amazing terroir driven wines. We don’t have the benefit of bored Cistercian monks, but we do have Mac.
In the search for perfect site expression Mac is not scared to push boundaries and experiment. Mostly he uses Pinot Noir to do a tour of Upper and Lower Yarra sub regions. What comes through is the diversity of styles within a concentrated area, also that Mac is a pretty darn good winemaker who is refining his craft and improving all the time.
A blend of all five classic Bordeaux varieties this year. It was vibrant, crunchy with smoke and tomato, plums and hint of jam. The palate was gorgeous with earthy, meat, dark and blue fruits, smoke. It is well balanced, lovely acid and firm fruit tannins, great finish and a hint of bitterness (which I love). Was 2011 a horrible year? Not for everyone!