Utterly charming and generous wine from Mac's warmest Pinot site.
Medium Red. Brilliant.
Red plum, cloves and violets. A very supple Coldstream with a subtle lees influence bring all elements into harmony.
True to Coldstream structures, this wine is compact fine gravelly tannin carrying a seamless bright yet supple red/dark spicy fruit. Complex with a hint of background stalks giving lift and perfume. Dense and layered.
This is our warmest Pinot vineyard, so we are conscious of protecting the fruit from hot prevailing winds and high temperatures. The soils hold much of the afternoon heat so this is usually the first vineyard picked. Due to the increased exposure, this wine displays greater fruit punctuation supported by a firm yet dense tannin bed.
The growing season of vintage 2013 started well with budburst for Chardonnay mid-September. This trend continued through spring with vines using stored moisture well into November. By December however, we were looking for moisture. In addition to this, temperatures were considerably up in January having 14 days over 30oC and multiple peaks over 39oC. This was accompanied by just 3.6mm of recorded rainfall (effectively none). The trend continued into February with 17 days over 30oC combined with the bare minimum amount of rain. The high temperatures and lack of water meant we saw early veraison and vines push their fruit to maturity very quickly, this resulted in one of the most compressed vintages of recent times. The Coldstream vineyard was picked by hand on the 19th February 2013.
"Oh Mac! Almost 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." 92 points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, October 2014
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!
|Cultivar||100% Pinot Noir|
13.6 alc vol
|Units of Alcohol per Bottle||10.1 units|
Drink until 2027. We recommend decanting this wine prior to serving. (14-16 degrees)
|Maturation||11 months in new & old oak|
|Allergen Information||Contains sulphites|
Coldstream, Yarra Valley