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Mac Forbes Riesling Strathbogie Ranges 2008

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What began as a leap of faith with Mac’s wines appears to be paying off quickly. His wines are well received (in 2008 Jamie Goode described him as “genius winemaker” on his Wineanorak blog). Mac has worked for the past three years as a consultant to some growers in the Carnuntum region. His Europhile approach to wine making: early harvesting, natural acidity, his search for cool sites, and a relative absence of new oak mean his wines sit very comfortably on our list. These are not wines which leap out of the glass and assault and exhaust the senses. They are cool, restrained wines, with a clear European influence, and each has a strong personality. He has proved himself very quickly as a brilliant winemaker. The Riesling comes from one of the oldest vineyards in the Strathbogie ranges, Antcliff Chase vineyard was planted in 1982 by the Bennett Family and at its highest point reaches 580m above sea level. The vineyard is dry grown (no irrigation) and crops are kept to approximately 3t/ac. The soil is predominately decomposed granitic sandy loam, which is relatively unfertile. The wine is fine and expressive with great length and perseverance. Sugar is textural but the wine doesn’t show the sugar overtly.

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Varietal: Riesling
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Mac Forbes Wines:
Mac Forbes isn't afraid to push the boundaries of cool climate viticulture and winemaking. Eight small vineyards (Yarra Valley and Strathbogie Ranges) are hand tended with the focus being plant and soil health. This respect for soil, vine and environment continues in the winery where fruit balance, purity and minimal inputs are considered paramount in allowing for maximum vineyard expression. ... Read more
Mac Forbes isn't afraid to push the boundaries of cool climate viticulture and winemaking. Eight small vineyards (Yarra Valley and Strathbogie Ranges) are hand tended with the focus being plant and soil health. This respect for soil, vine and environment continues in the winery where fruit balance, purity and minimal inputs are considered paramount in allowing for maximum vineyard expression. Winemaking is old fashioned and thoughtful with each parcel of fruit handled separately. The Yarra Valley comprises a number of sub-regions, providing a platform for pinot noir, chardonnay, syrah and cabernets. The elevated Strathbogie Ranges is cool and dry growing some of the most pure and distinctive riesling in the world. Read less

What began as a leap of faith with Mac’s wines appears to be paying off quickly. His wines are well received (in 2008 Jamie Goode described him as “genius winemaker” on his Wineanorak blog). Mac has worked for the past three years as a consultant to some growers in the Carnuntum region. His Europhile approach to wine making: early harvesting, natural acidity, his search for cool sites, and a relative absence of new oak mean his wines sit very comfortably on our list. These are not wines which leap out of the glass and assault and exhaust the senses. They are cool, restrained wines, with a clear European influence, and each has a strong personality. He has proved himself very quickly as a brilliant winemaker. The Riesling comes from one of the oldest vineyards in the Strathbogie ranges, Antcliff Chase vineyard was planted in 1982 by the Bennett Family and at its highest point reaches 580m above sea level. The vineyard is dry grown (no irrigation) and crops are kept to approximately 3t/ac. The soil is predominately decomposed granitic sandy loam, which is relatively unfertile. The wine is fine and expressive with great length and perseverance. Sugar is textural but the wine doesn’t show the sugar overtly.

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