Australia Day Tasting
February 4th, 2015 by
It’s quite a big deal, London’s Annual Australia Day Tasting, held this year the day following Australia Day itself in that venue so well-known to us in the trade – the Lindley Hall. Said to be the most comprehensive tasting of Australian wine in Europe, the day brought together wines from over 200 wineries across Australia. And we, Clark Foyster, were proud to be standing behind the wines of our One and Only Australian producer: Mac Forbes of the Yarra Valley.
It turned out to be a spectacularly busy day, attracting interested crowds from across the whole of the UK and beyond – I chatted even to people who had flown in from Germany and Sweden to be there!
Mac’s wines, lined up so beautifully one alongside the other with their stylish labeling and classy appeal, proved popular from doors open at 10am. No time for a quick coffee run; it was Bam! straight into Residual Sugar talk and answering questions about whole bunch pressing and maceration times! Though not there in person, Mac’s character and ambition shone through in his focused Rieslings, racy Chardonnays and incredibly pure Pinot Noirs. His “Hugh” Cabernet rounded the line-up off very well – a wine which was made in a traditional Victoria style in tribute to his Dad. It was a busy day at table 28, and great to see such an appreciation for the sense of place and character that the wines manage to capture so well. Having championed Mac’s wines in London now for 9 years, it will be exciting to see how this interest develops over the course of the year. I’ve got a hopeful feeling that 2015 could be Mac Forbes’ big year in the UK!