2019 Mac Forbes Gladysdale Little Yarra Pinot Noir

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Limited single vineyard Pinot Noir from Mac Forbes, the master of Pinot elegance.

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Mac Forbes is moving more and more towards farming his own vineyards, and all his future single vineyard releases will only focus on these sites.

He purchased the Gladysdale vineyard in 2017 and this is really starting to, um, bear fruit. The warm 2019 vintage means that even Mac's usual pale-coloured releases have a little more depth and intensity than usual but his elegant, ethereal stamp remains.

Some whole bunch, some old oak maturation, and as ever, only gentle extraction. It is a red-fruited delight to drink, with herbal hints and delicate concentration. Only tiny amounts available.

Subtle but clearly present whole bunch and reduction in a super appealing way. Compressed red fruits in a complex matrix. Contained in comparison to the Chardonnay. Ferrous. A supple front palate of lacy fine fruits merges into a compelling back palate of chalk, length, and a firm hold.

96 Points - "We’re Gladys all over. Gladys all over. Mac Forbes took over this vineyard in 2017, and says it’s “one of the coolest areas while capturing what is best described as pure sunlight.”

Cherry, ripe red fruits, lovely fine stony tannin, rips through and goes long. Finesse. Delicacy, yes, but so luminous, diaphanous, and all that. Wonderful." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

94 Points - "Medium to light, bright red/purple colour, with a glorious fragrance of raspberry, red cherry and assorted spices, the palate restrained and light-bodied, delicate and vibrant, with light, fine-grained tannins. A delicious, pretty, subtle pinot. Light-weight foods here." - Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

95 Points - "From the Little Yarra vineyard in Gladysdale in the Upper Yarra, 20% whole bunches, 5-day cold soak, 16 days on skins. Matured 11 months in older oak. A medium cherry crimson. An interesting wine with its aromas of morello cherry, charcuterie, a touch of freshly cooked rhubarb, bay leaf and the beginnings of some attractive, tertiary forest-floor notes. Cool-fruited (from a warm vintage) this elegant, fine-boned wine has bright, red fruits and finishes savoury and long." - Philip Rich (Halliday Wine Companion)

Mac Forbes

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 winemakers, but he’s one of the most influential spokesmen for promoting the concept of Australian ‘terroir’, believing that wine should represent a time and a place.

Mac specialises in single vineyard Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah and Cabernet from the Yarra Valley. His wines are delicate and finely etched, characterised by subtlety and grace.

His Pinot Noirs are fine-boned, the Chardonnays are adored by lovers of fruit purity rather than winemaking artifice, and his array of off-dry Rieslings from the Strathbogie Ranges are among the country's most interesting. Additionally, his ever-expanding range of experimental wines is a treasure trove for the curious drinker.

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