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.
You would normally find Arneis in the sub-Alpine region of Piedmont where it makes brilliantly aromatic and textural whites. This wine is pretty darn close. Beautiful peach and white flowers on the nose with a hint of minerals. There is clean citrusy acid and a very long and enjoyable finish to this wine. Yum. It was very hard to have just one glass of this wine. It is possibly the wine that can reunite Chardonnay lovers and haters.