About The Pack
The Coldstream vineyard is the lowest, and therefore the warmest Pinot Noir vineyard that falls under the wing of Mac Forbes.
Planted in 1997 at just 110m above sea level, Coldstream is a western-facing single vineyard planted over grey loam on clay.
With the warm afternoon sun ripening the Pinot Noir through harvest, this is the most generous and open of the Mac Forbes single vineyard Pinot Noirs on release.
However, as with all of Mac's Pinot Noir expressions, the tension and structure imbued into the wine through his hands give it great potential for ageing.
Here you can see a rare vertical collection of wines from this site. Spanning six vintages from 2011, this is mixed pack is available exclusively at Different Drop.
2018 Mac Forbes Coldstream Pinot Noir
"Strawberries and spice, mulch and savoury things. Sappy, red fruit, very nervy, old school Yarra feel in a way, autumnal but with bright acidity, some dried herb, slightly sour-edged finish of good length. Brisk. Perhaps a little ascetic in nature, but I like it."
- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)Read more about 2018 Mac Forbes Coldstream Pinot Noir
2017 Mac Forbes Coldstream Pinot Noir
"Orange rind, fennel seeds, squishy strawberries, mint and spice. It’s juicy, sappy, plump red fruits touched up with juniper and orange zest, supple powdery tannin, tang and length. It’s ‘house style’, as such, but a bit more playful and bouncy. Like it."
- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)Read more about 2017 Mac Forbes Coldstream Pinot Noir
2016 Mac Forbes Coldstream Pinot Noir
"A light, mouthwatering, undergrowthy pinot noir with sweet-sour cherry flavours and positive traces of briar, almost bitter but not quite. A twiggy pinot noir. Firm lines of both tannin and acid. Still building."
- Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)Read more about 2016 Mac Forbes Coldstream Pinot Noir
2014 Mac Forbes Coldstream Pinot Noir
"Serious smelling. Red cherries, nutmeg, rose petals, sweet spice. Cloud of scent. Sloshes around the palate well then finds some nip and tuck with crisp acidity and fine tannins. Fresh through the finish, almost watery in loose knit acidity, but not quite. It’s a guzzler. Delicious."
- Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)Read more about 2014 Mac Forbes Coldstream Pinot Noir
2013 Mac Forbes Coldstream Pinot Noir
"Oh Mac! Almosty chocolaty, you naughty devil. Dark cherry, flicker of mint and exotic spices, mineral inflection. Medium bodied, juicy cherry, well bedded acidity, nice spread of silty tannin, acidity feels a little citrussy on the finish, which does not quite sail like the other wines from the 2013 vintage, though does go all right. Tasty."
- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)Read more about 2013 Mac Forbes Coldstream Pinot Noir