2022 Mac Forbes Yarra Valley Pinot Noir
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The Yarra Valley label is the entry into our Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. ʻYarra Valleyʼ is a blend of declassified barrels from our grower vineyards and the Mac Forbes single vineyard sites. They represent a snapshot from across the valley and our vineyards. Generally, they can be enjoyed young but cellaring will reward with increased complexity.
A rather wet winter into a rather wet spring meant difficult flowering conditions (lowering yields) but big healthy green canopies, which our dry grown vineyards were very happy about. We had to be agile to hit the right picking windows, but were really happy with the fruit quality and the density of flavour in the resulting wines.
The Yarra Valley Pinot is a blend of fruit from grower vineyards and properties that we farm across both the upper Yarra and the Valley floor.
Fruit: Destemmed and crushed before pressing
Fermentation: Old barriques on fine solids,
Maturation: 11 months in old large and small format oak
Bottled: 24th January 2023
A really heady wine this year, beautiful florals on the nose, lots of dried rose, cherry, red plum. The palate as elegant as always, but a touch more weight here. High acidity that really carries the wine, lots of cherry again with strawberry too, fine lingering tannins finishing with a little chocolate/earth note and cola spice gives freshness. A pure fruited wine, very moreish, a super strong Yarra Pinot this year. It won't be around for long!
We recommend serving this wine between 14-16 degrees.
- Mac Forbes
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