The Mac Forbes Story

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.

He has become a good friend to Clark and Foyster and the rest of our team over now ten years!

Watch a video of Mac Forbes in his winery, talking about the 2020 harvest and the challenges of the Coronavirus lockdown:


Code Description Year
FODRR21B  RS5, Dry Riesling 2021
FODRR20B  RS6, Dry Riesling 2020
FOSWR21B RS98, Sweet Riesling 2021
FORIE20B RS22, Medium Riesling 2020
FOCHA21B Yarra Valley, Chardonnay 2021
FOCHA19B Yarra Valley, Chardonnay 2019
 FOVCW19B VILLAGES Woori Yallock, Chardonnay 2019
FOWEC17B Wesburn, Chenin 2017
FOFEC20B Woori Yallock FERGUSON, Chardonnay 2020
FOWCH19B Woori Yallock FERGUSON, Chardonnay 2019


Code Description Year
FOPIN21B Yarra Valley, Pinot Noir 2021
FOPIN20B Yarra Valley, Pinot Noir 2020
FOGPN19B Gladysdale, Pinot Noir 2019
FOJPN18B Yarra Junction, Pinot Noir 2018
FOVPC19B VILLAGES Coldstream, Pinot Noir 2019
FOCPN18B Coldstream, Pinot Noir 2018
FOCPN13B Coldstream, Pinot Noir 2013
FOCPN11B Coldstream, Pinot Noir 2011
FOWEP13B Wesburn, Pinot Noir 2013
FOFEP20B Woori Yallock FERGUSON, Pinot Noir 2020
FOWPN19B Woori Yallock FERGUSON, Pinot Noir 2019
FOWPN11B Woori Yallock, Pinot Noir 2011
FOHSY18B Healesville, Syrah 2018
FOHSY16B Healesville, Syrah 2016
FOHCS19B “Hugh”, Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
FOHCS17B “Hugh”, Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Experimental Batch

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.

We have a few odd bottles of the following so if you’d like to try a few bottles, please ask.

Code Description Year
FONEB21B EB77 Nebbiolo 2021
FOGEB21B EB74 After Midnight Gamay 2021
 FOREB19B EB47 “Concrete Kingdom”, Riesling 2019
FOPEB17B EB38 Showdown #2 Pinot Noir, Syrah 2017