2015 Mac Forbes EB18 P3 Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir & Pinot Meunier

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2015 Mac Forbes EB18 P3 Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir & Pinot Meunier
Mac Forbes is a bit of a legend. He’s been a pioneer of lighter, lower alcohol, naturally made wines from the Yarra Valley. As well as his regular wines, he makes small quantities of ‘EB’ (experimental batch) wines.
This is one of those, and just 3000 bottles were made. It’s three Pinots together: Noir, Gris and Meunier. The result is a light red wine with very interesting aromatics. 

Tasting Notes

Jamie Goode Tasting Notes

It’s a lighter red wine with a slightly subdued cherry red character. It’s pretty pale. It’s highly aromatic with sweet red cherry and strawberry aromas, seasoned with pepper and ginger, as well as some leafy herbs. The palate has a sweet red fruits character that meshes well with the herby, spicy, grippy, sappy notes. There’s a nice herby greenness here, as well as some ginger spiciness. There’s also a subtle mintiness, perhaps from a touch of eucalyptus character. This is delicious and very brave lighter-style red wine with lovely drinkability and more than a hint of seriousness. I admit, though, that it isn’t for everyone. 93/100 (Tasted 2016)

Alan's Tasting Notes

"This is a strange glass/fish/point of difference/wine(choose one). I suspect in its peak drinking window (2017-2019) it was a beautiful ballerina of a wine - elegant, light & beautifully poised. But now it’s just over the hill a bit. The colour is showing some signs of age, aromas are secondary and not primary, and the fruit on the palate has dialled back revealing a spine of acidity with a slight spritz. At 12.5% it’s never had the strength body or complexity to let it age gracefully over 7 years. But in my 40+yrs in the wine industry this is the first time I’ve seen the white-skinned Pinot Gris (Grigio) blended with the red-skinned Pinot noir - so a real treat and experience in that sense." December 2022

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 2015
    Bottle Size 750ml
    Cultivar Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier
    Country Australia
    Alcohol content
    11.5% alc vol 
    Units of Alcohol per Bottle 8.6 units
    Type Red Wine
    Drinking Potential
    Now until 2024
    Allergen Information Contains sulphites
    Yarra Valley
    Appellation Victoria