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This would have to be in the running for Australia's most serious Rosé. From one of the best seasons in living memory for the Yarra Valley, Mac Forbes has selected fruit from his most famous, the School House Block vineyard in Woori Yallock, to make only his second Rose in a decade. It's a wine made with intent. Picked specifically for Rosé, this is a step up for Australian pink wine. Mike Bennie called it a "Lithe, bright, formidably elegant rose of great interest and drinkability." in his 94 point review making it one of the highest scoring wines of this style on the Wine Front this year. This is a step up for Australian Rosé and truly a great drinking experience if you love more serious wines of this style.
What it Tastes Like
"It’s glorious as the style goes. Step aside Terrebrune and Tempier, here’s another one from the serious pink camp. A wonderfully fragrant, rose petal, pot pourri, glace cherry, sage, fennel and floral perfume tumbles out of the glass. Speaking of glass, texture is glassy, slides through the palate, sleek, tight, squeaky with very slender ropes of chalky-mineral tannins and finishes with a smudge of savouriness and tangy acidity. Lithe, bright, formidably elegant rose of great interest and drinkability." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
94 points. "It’s glorious as the style goes. Step aside Terrebrune and Tempier, here’s another one from the serious pink camp. A wonderfully fragrant, rose petal, pot pourri, glace cherry, sage, fennel and floral perfume tumbles out of the glass. Speaking of glass, texture is glassy, slides through the palate, sleek, tight, squeaky with very slender ropes of chalky-mineral tannins and finishes with a smudge of savouriness and tangy acidity. Lithe, bright, formidably elegant rose of great interest and drinkability." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
2015 was simply a gorgeous year to be a vine and as a consequence, the wines are stunning. With consistent rain through winter and spring, we entered the 2015 growing season with a good platform of soil moisture which is always critical. Fruit: hand picked Fermentation: crushed to press. Left to sit on skins for 6 hours then pressed. Maturation: 6 months in old French oak Yeast: indigenous Filtration: Sterile Fining: none
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
If you love premium and artisanal Australian wine, Mac Forbes is a name you need to know. He’s not only one of the country’s most talented young winemakers, but he’s an influential spokesman for the concept of ‘terroir’, believing that wine should represent a time and a place.
Mac specialises in single vineyard Pinot Noir from the Yarra Valley. His wines are delicate and finely etched, characterised by subtlety and grace. His Chardonnays are loved by those who look for fruit purity rather than winemaking artifice in the variety, his array of off-dry Rieslings from the Strathboogie Ranges are some of the country’s most unique. And his ever-expanding range of experimental wines are a treasure-trove for the curious drinker.
The Yarra Valley stands tall as one of the country’s finest cool-climate wine regions. Only a short jaunt from Melbourne, the Yarra has become a tourist hot-spot for its stunning scenery, high quality produce, and of course, as the home to some of the country’s most iconic wine producers. From the extraordinarily elegant Cabernets and Syrahs that populate the ‘Valley floor’, to the precise and complex versions of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that hail from the higher climes of the Yarra, this region is diverse and in a state of change. As temperatures rise and phylloxera infiltrates each pocket of the Yarra Valley, the range of alternative varieties from continental Europe is sure to increase to create a more colourful picture of the region. The Yarra embodies so much of what is great about the modern Australian wine scene.
No variety captures the hearts and minds of the wine lover quite like Pinot Noir. It’s the unicorn of many a winemaker. Notoriously fickle to grow, this delicate red variety can deliver a kaleidoscope of flavours and aromas, from the bright and floral to the moody and mysterious and everything in between. The cooler regions of Australia are where Pinot Noir is most at home. Look to Tasmania and Victoria for the best examples, with some quality wines beginning to show from the Great Southern and from the cooler parts of NSW. Falling in love with Pinot Noir can be a life long affair, beware the charms of this most enchanting of grapes.
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