About the Wine
The Strathbogie Ranges are renowned for producing excellent cool-climate wines. Mac Forbes sources his Riesling from a vineyard near the town of Caveat, which sits at 600m above sea level. This altitude and the related cooler temperatures allow the grapes to develop slowly and retain their acid, something which makes Riesling a joy to drink.
The RS98 is destemmed, crushed and pressed before fermentation, with the wine resting on its fine lees in stainless steel. The fermentation is stopped early, resulting in low alcohol and residual sugar.
With only 7.5% alcohol, the RS98 has a captivating and silky mouthfeel, with the sweetness supporting the honey, curd and ginger flavours, rather than overpowering them. This wine would help tame the heat of very spicy foods.
About 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 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.