Project Description

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
FODRR19B  RS3, Dry Riesling 2019
FORIE18B RS17, Medium Riesling 2018
FORIE17B RS28, Medium Riesling 2017
FOCHA18B Yarra Valley, Chardonnay 2018
FOCHA17B Yarra Valley, Chardonnay 2017
FOWCH17B Woori Yallock, Chardonnay 2017
FOWCH15B Woori Yallock, Chardonnay 2015
FOWEC17B Wesburn, Chenin 2017


Code Description Year
FOPIN19B Yarra Valley, Pinot Noir 2019
FOPIN17B Yarra Valley, Pinot Noir 2017
FOJPN18B Yarra Junction, Pinot Noir 2018
FOJPN17B Yarra Junction, Pinot Noir 2017
FOCPN18B Coldstream, Pinot Noir 2018
FOCPN17B Coldstream, Pinot Noir 2017
FOCPN13B Coldstream, Pinot Noir 2013
FOCPN11B Coldstream, Pinot Noir 2011
FOWEP13B Wesburn, Pinot Noir 2013
FOWPN17B Woori Yallock, Pinot Noir 2017
FOWPN16B Woori Yallock, Pinot Noir 2016
FOWPN11B Woori Yallock, Pinot Noir 2011
FOHSY17B Healesville, Syrah 2017
FOHSY16B Healesville, Syrah 2016
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
FOPME18B EB42 Pinot Meunier 2018
FONEB16B EB30 Nebbiolo 2016
FOPEB17B EB38 Showdown #2 Pinot Noir, Syrah 2017