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. I tracked this over a few days and it held up very well.
Mac Forbes EB18 P3 Pinot Gris/Pinot Noir/Pinot Meunier 2015 Yarra Valley, Australia
This is quite different. 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
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