What a terrible week it has been for Melbournian's as we enter another six weeks of winter lockdown. It is a confusing and frustrating time, though we hope you are able to find some safety, sanity, joy and kindness over the next six weeks… and to our interstate members, please enjoy a night out for us.
Nevertheless, we are excited to share this wine with you and if we must stay home then we might as well stay home in style. This winery and its namesake winemaker have been a long time coming to the pages of Press, but we’ve been waiting for the right wine to offer. Now the 2019 Pinot Noir from Mac Forbes is here, and it is one of the best we have seen from him since he founded his winery 15 years ago.
It is a medium bodied, dark fruited, earthy and meaty Pinot Noir, loaded with flavour and character. It has classic plummy, black cherry and raspberry Pinot flavours but there is an earthy funk that leans into Mac’s traditional approach to grape growing and winemaking.
Mac is one of the most thoughtful and committed winemakers in Australia. He and his team think about vineyard health and sustainable farming as a priority, as this is the foundation of all great wine, and where all great wine begins. Mac has explored each corner of the Yarra Valley, the region he grew up in, looking to learn and intimately understand it, so he can express its unique qualities and terroirs in his vast range of Pinot Noirs. This has taken Mac on an obsessive journey of vineyards and vintages, a search for authenticity, honesty and quality in his wines that has earned him a reputation of one of Australia’s most exciting young winemakers. As a result, his wines are on lists all over Australia… and the world… and enjoyed by a vast number of followers.
This is the first level of Pinot Noir from Mac, labelled simply as Yarra Valley. It is a declassification of his single vineyard wines, and if you like it, we recommend you explore his range. You can do this easily with a visit to his bistro and cellar door in the town of Healesville, called Graceburn Wine Room… when you’re allowed.
The wine is from the 2019 vintage, which was outstanding for Pinot in the Yarra Valley. Whilst it is from a great year, we recommend drinking early, over the next two years. If you want to see how Mac Forbes wines develop in the cellar, we recommend trading up to some of the Villages and single vineyards.
As Victorians head in to the second spell of lockdown this winter (sigh), there will be many quiet nights at home. If you can justify it, there are many restaurants that will need your support to make it through, and that will provide some versions of their dishes as takeaway. Try Mac Forbes Pinot Noir with some of the best dumplings or duck that Melbourne has to offer from legendary restaurants Supernormal or Flower Drum. Ocean Trout from Tonka will be perfect, as will the Pappardelle from Grossi. All can be found online.
We hope you enjoy the wine and we’ll continue to send our offers over the next six weeks. If there is anything specific you would like us to find, please shout out.
Tom and Dan