The Mac Forbes RS10 Riesling is a drier style despite being picked later. It has a completely different, and very intense, palate of yellow plum and lychee with a peachy finish. Very succulent and long, this is a gorgeous and pretty unique expression of Riesling.
All Mac Forbes Rieslings in 2016 were crushed to the press and so remained until they felt the juice had built up enough tannin. Then this juice was pressed slowly to large old oak and sometimes tank where the wine remained without any additions other than SO2 until bottling in August. Time on gross lees with the phenolic back drop combined with the electric fruit profile has resulted in a series of wines that are only just beginning a long life of communicating Strathbogie in 2016.
Over the past 13 years, Mac Forbes have always been overwhelmed by the presence of our Caveat vineyard in the Strathbogie Ranges. A supposedly sealed road that wanders north from Yea climbing to the elevated granite soils that sit 600m above sea level. Generally 5 degrees cooler than the valley floor, this small vineyard is surrounded not by other vineyards but rather unforgiving grazing land. With the often challenging conditions of 2016 (heat and drought) they were once again curious to observe the resilience of these wonderful vines planted in 1983. Unirrigated, they are unrushed and once again delivered fruit of pure dimensions, stunning granite soil influence on the back palate holding line and offering great presence.
The Finer Details: Style – White Wine Varietal – Riesling Country – Australia Region – Strathbogie Ranges Bottle Size – 750ml ABV – 12%