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. Mac Forbes RS8 Riesling sits on 5 acres of pristine granitic soil, first planted in 1983.
2018 commenced with a cool Spring, warming up after Christmas. Mid summer rainfall provided the vines with good support through the season resulting in near perfect fruit at harvest. Harvest occurred on the 17th of March 2018. The fruit was de-stemmed and crushed before pressing. Mature oak on lees was used during the aging process. Bottling occured on the 18th of August 2018. Mac Forbes have chosen not to provide traditional tasting notes for any of their wines. Mac Forbes wines hopefully capture vineyard life and vitality. As such the wines are constantly evolving. When you crack open a bottle, let it breath for 30 minutes and begin to pour and enjoy.
Mac first donned overalls in the South West of France at the tender age of eighteen. That summer was the catalyst for a now 20 year long career which has seen Mac work with some of the most respected names in the business, both in Australia and overseas. Mac’s early experiences covered the gamut of winemaking, teaching and marketing. From educating European distributors on Australian wines to consulting to Austrian winemakers, Mac developed a strong understanding of the international wine market and old fashioned winemaking. Returning to Australia in 2004, Mac kicked off his own project determined to further his own understanding of Australian soils and climate. Now firmly entrenched in the Yarra with 6 vineyard sites and a range of old and younger vineyards, Mac sees the future as an exciting period where much of the Yarra nuances will be revealed with greater clarity.
The Finer Details Style – White Varietal – Riesling Vintage – 2018 Region – Yarra Valley Country – Australia Size – 750ml ABV – 11.5%