Mac Forbes New Release Tasting 2018

FIVE STARS
Mac Forbes cut his vinous teeth at Mount Mary, where he was winemaker for several years before heading overseas in 2002. He spent two years in London working for Southcorp in a marketing liaison role, then travelled to Portugal and Austria to gain further winemaking experience. He returned to the Yarra Valley prior to the 05 vintage, purchasing grapes for the two-tier portfolio: first, the Victorian range (employing unusual varieties or unusual winemaking techniques); and, second, the Yarra Valley range of multiple terroir-based offerings of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. JAMES HALLIDAY

Mac Forbes (Mac Daddy as he is known around the traps) has been the catalyst for positive change in the Valley in recent times. He has spent years working out what the sub regions and micro climates of the Yarra can do and what the varying expressions can offer. He, as a general rule, makes two styles of wine. His Yarra Valley wines tend towards beautifully crafted classic, site and regionally expressive examples of the traditional Yarra varieties. His other project the Experimental Batch (EB) is where he gets to play with things a little and push the envelope stylistically and also with varieties considered a little left of field. While he is most famous for his Pinot and Chard his EB range can offer thrilling drinking. One of the real talents in the Victorian winery scene and should be on everyone’s hit list. CHRIS

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