Producers & Wines, Australia
Mac Forbes gained international experience in Australian and European winemaking before setting up his own winery in the Yarra Valley in Victoria. Now with 11 vintages under his belt, he is a well-known and hugely respected international name. He is totally uncompromising in his work. Mac's philosophy is to concentrate on producing hand crafted wines from sites around the Yarra and Strathbogie Ranges where most of the vines are either leased on long term contracts, where Mac and his team look after all the viticultural practices. He has made a particular speciality of Pinots from different Yarra sub regions and looks for cooler sites, in particular those he feels are capable of reflecting a unique character to the wines. The scale of production of some of these individual sites is genuinely tiny - on a scale which allows foot treading to be a crucial part of the maceration.
But the range of wines offered by this energetic winemaker goes well beyond Pinot. Mac also produces Chardonnay from the Yarra as well as varieties such as Riesling, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. And from the higher ground of the Strathbogie Ranges, he has also produced Rieslings since 2005. But Mac is above all a sensitive and intuitive winemaker, and in the warmer conditions of 2013, he crafted some deliciously fruity accessible wines in Pinot, Chardonnay. 2014 is altogether cooler, tighter style.
He has become a good friend to Clark and Foyster and the rest of our team over now ten years!
Since Mac's project to explore different vineyard sites began in 2005 there have occasionally emerged even smaller-production wines which are given a sequential EB number (Experimental Batch). These bottlings represent the best result from trials: e.g. single block vinifications, extended barrel maturations, extended skin contact, different field blends, lower yields.
|White||Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)|
|FODRR15B||RS10, Dry Riesling||2015||138.90|
|FORIE16B||RS13, Medium Riesling||2016||138.90|
|FORIE15B||RS29, Medium Riesling||2015||138.90|
|FOCHA15B||Yarra Valley, Chardonnay||2015||142.40|
|FOCHA14B||Yarra Valley, Chardonnay||2014||142.40|
|FOWCH15B||Woori Yallock, Chardonnay||2015||202.80|
|FOWCH13B||Woori Yallock, Chardonnay||2013||202.80|
|FOPIN16B||Yarra Valley, Pinot Noir||2016||156.80|
|FOPIN15B||Yarra Valley, Pinot Noir||2015||156.80|
|FOJPN15B||Yarra Junction, Pinot Noir||2015||202.80|
|FOCPN15B||Coldstream, Pinot Noir||2015||210.20|
|FOWEP15B||Wesburn, Pinot Noir||2015||281.10|
|FOWPN15B||Woori Yallock, Pinot Noir||2015||281.10|
|FOWPN14B||Woori Yallock, Pinot Noir||2014||281.10|
|FOWPN12B||Woori Yallock, Pinot Noir||2012||272.70|
|FOWPN10B||Woori Yallock, Pinot Noir||2010||272.70|
|FOHCS12B||"Hugh", Cabernet Sauvignon||2012||266.90|
We have a few odd bottles of the following so if you'd like to try a few bottles, please ask.
|EB: Experimental Batch||Guide Retail Price per case of 6 (£)|
|FOREB15B||EB22 "Tradition", Riesling||2015||138.90|
|FOCEB15B||EB20 "OV Chenin", Chenin Blanc||2015||167.30|
|FOSEB15B||EB15 Pretty Young Thing, Syrah Nouveau||2015||156.80|
|FOPEB15B||EB18 P3, Pinot Meunier, Noir and Gris||2015||156.80|