2019 Mac Forbes Villages Coldstream Pinot Noir

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2019 Mac Forbes Villages Coldstream Pinot Noir
The release of the Villages tier represents a huge step in the broader understanding of the wonderfully diverse  Yarra Valley. For years, the Yarra has been represented by both single vineyard wines and broader blends across the whole region. Mac has long held the view that with experience and curiosity, numerous sub-regions will grow in clarity and distinction. 
2019 is his first release of the Villages wines and reflects his growing love and understanding of such an exceptional region.  

Tasting Notes

Mac has chosen not to provide traditional tasting notes for any of his wines. His aim is that his wines hopefully capture vineyard life and vitality. As such the wines are constantly evolving. He believes that the only tasting notes that matter are yours!

The Wine

"This is our warmest Pinot vineyard," says Mac, "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 Vintage

The 2019 growing season was warm and dry. Below-average rainfall and warmer conditions placed huge demands on the plants. Thankfully, in early February the vines welcomed two weeks of cool days and nights returning freshness and vigour. Overall small bunches and small berries characterised the season with above-average structure and fruit weight. 

Sub Region - Coldstream

At the entrance to the Valley floor, this subregion is low elevation with grey/loam clay-based soils. Ripping winds from the north slow transpiration in summer but the cooler overnight temperatures aid the plants ability to regulate after hot days. Ironstone/mudstone is a consistently big influence, building full mid-palate structure with soft, melting tannins.  


"Alluringly savoury and saline, with forest berries, fragrant cherries, wild raspberries layered along elongated, fine, structural tannins. Acidity is cranberry tart, and the body is slight." Anthony Gismondi on Wine. Dec 2020 | 91 Points

2019 Mac Forbes Villages Coldstream Pinot Noir

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 2019
    Bottle Size 750ml
    Cultivar 100% Pinot Noir
    Country Australia
    Alcohol content
    11 alc vol 
    Units of Alcohol per Bottle 8.25 units
    Type Red Wine
    Cellaring Potential
    We recommend decanting this wine prior to serving. (14-16 degrees) 
    Maturation 11 months in old oak
    Allergen Information Contains sulphites
    Coldstream, Yarra Valley
    Appellation Victoria