2016 Mac Forbes Healesville Syrah

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2017 Mac Forbes Healesville Syrah

A great intro to cool climate Syrah from the cool climate master Mac Forbes.

Tasting Notes


Vivid purple


Fresh fruit scent.


Very intense, bittersweet, with crunchy blackcurrant flavours. Pepper and spice on the finish. 

Is this a look-alike for Hermitage? Whatever, it’s very convincing. One of Matthew Jukes’ 100 best Australian Wines 2018/19

The Vintage

In 2017, the warmer conditions offered fruit ripeness with plenty of flavour from the fruit grown on his home block near Healesville. This Syrah is filled with spice and plenty of juicy fruit. It sits well and truly in the cool-climate style, however, there is no shortage of flavour. Lovers of the spicy side of Syrah will find plenty of joy here. Very high quality Yarra Syrah for a modest price.

Alan's Tasting Notes

Such a wolf in sheep’s clothing, iron fist in velvet glove kinda wine, very attractive, super smooth with lots of supple fruit and no real tannins or rough edges. But it’s complex and packs a real punch at the same time!! Stupendous from young Mac - maybe he should spend more time on Syrah/Shiraz!!

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, Chardonnays are loved by those who look for fruit purity rather than winemaking artifice in the variety, his array of off-dry Rieslings from the Strathbogie Ranges are some of the country's most unique.

And his ever-expanding range of experimental wines is a treasure-trove for the curious drinker and he is honestly one of the most genuine and affable winemakers you'll ever meet!


    Year 2016
    Bottle Size 750ml
    Cultivar Syrah
    Country Australia
    Alcohol content
    13% alc vol 
    Units of Alcohol per Bottle 9.8 units
    Type Red Wine
    Drinking Potential
    Now until 2024
    Allergen Information Contains sulphites
    Yarra Valley
    Appellation Victoria