2017 Mac Forbes "Coldstream" Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, Australia

An understated, elegant Pinot with fine ripe red fruit well balanced with freshness and hints of spicy oak. Subtle and long, hints of minerality with great purity.



You have to admire this guy's commitment to his region. He is one of the true champions of the Yarra Valley (and also, a champion bloke).

This is from his lowest and warmest vineyard in the Yarra. A wine only made in tiny quantities, especially in a lower-yielding year like 2017.

Mac used 30% whole bunch in the ferment for this wine with the fruit spending 3-4 weeks on skins. The 2017 is showing beautifully now, it's lithe and cool, an articulate Pinot Noir of elegance and quiet power.

true lovers of Yarra Valley Pinot Noir, this is a must-try!


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 specializes in single vineyard Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Cabernet from the Yarra Valley. His wines are delicate and finely etched, characterized 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 Strathboogie 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.