Mac Forbes Vineyard – Yarra Valley
PRODUCER: Mac Forbes
GRAPE: 100% Pinot Noir
(W)inemaker/ (O)wner :
W: Mac Forbes
REGION : Yarra Valley
DRINKING WINDOW : 2023/24
Any one that knows of Mac Forbes will know that he is a man of straight talking , no nonsense conversation. look after the vines, look after the fruit and the rest will reward you. Always one for top class fruit quality and always playing a fine line between characteristics in the wine Mac always produces fabulous wines for all to enjoy. Situated in the Yarra Valley the 2018 Pinot noir was a joy to taste and experience.
Even though I tried the same vintage a couple of years ago. this 2018 vintage still had that fresh crunchy red berry fruit. Visually a bright red cherry colour comes flooding out of the bottle. Light in colour , light in body it almost certainly has to be a Pinot Noir ! Being an uber cool kind of guy this wine didn’t disappoint. Red berries , red fruit come at you on the nose with an almost sweeter (I use that term sparingly) or fruit driven 2nd characteristic. Something like Rhubarb. Not as tart as you might expect but more restrained. A master at work I guess. A cleaner fruit appears on the palate – something reminiscent of a vibrant melon. Not the sweeter honeydew. more like the big red ones we all eat on holiday. Then comes the acidity. Not too much, but just enough. Elegant tannins and a lovely longer finish make this an enjoyable red to have on a summers day. Due to the crunchy notes and the light red fruit you could be as bold as to put it in the fridge to chill. Normally Primitivo and some Beaujolais would suit the cold – but here a fine wine (approx £30) is more than capable of braving the cold.
Think elegance with this wine think subtle think restraint but its vibrant and fresh.
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