Mac Forbes Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2017
Reviews & Accolades
”It was a fine year in the Yarra Valley for Pinot Noir, by all accounts. It’s bony, sappy and spicy, has a distinct ‘mulchy’ thing going on, strawberry the main fruit. Light in body, again spicy and mulchy, a touch smoky, with light tannin, nervy acidity and a gentle dusting of tannin. Finish tends towards sour and sappy, but there’s an energy and vibrancy here that, I think, will show well with a few more years in bottle.”
92 Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, July 2018, Drink: 2021 - 2029+
5 Star James Halliday Winery
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Being raised and having worked in the Yarra, it was only in the early 2000’s that I began to realise just how little we understood our own backyard. For a number of reasons we appeared to be too busy trying to emulate the great wines (with often terrible results) rather than focus on what makes our sites unique and our better sites world class. In 2004 when I returned to Australia to commence this project, the aim was to start with a blank canvas and find the balance between the restrained wines I love to drink and the unique environment of the Yarra Valley.
After working in old regions in Europe where the wines begin in the soil and are intrinsically linked with generations of knowledge (sounds obvious but most new world wines start in the winery), my journey began with consideration given to soil type, vine age and protection from our sun and winds.
Our challenge today remains the same – to better understand our land. This has become a lot easier having four vineyards of our own complemented by our partner vineyards. Of our own vineyards, 3 were in disarray when we found them. Serious TLC has been applied to these sites with startling results. In that time the uniqueness and richness of their personality has been encouraged, not suffocated.
I am lucky to share my passion with the rest of the team who show an unwavering commitment to this journey. We believe in our sites and also believe that as our relationship grows with each site, the wines will become increasingly vivid and engaging.
I love the journey we are on. It is small and modest but there isn’t much I would change.”
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