Pinot Noir "Yarra Valley", Mac Forbes
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Pinot Noir "Yarra Valley", Mac Forbes - 2021

Item # 23912 750mL

This wine is where New World meets Old World. Winemaker Mac Forbes has worked hard to create a wine with elegance and balance while using a more natural approach, such as using indigenous yeasts and leaving his wines unfiltered. This Pinot is all-around delicate with ripe red cherries on the nose and palate; it exudes Old World elegance.

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Mac Forbes is among the new generation of winemakers from the Yarra Valley. Yarra enjoys a cool climate not unlike that of Burgundy. It's here where vignerons diverged from the overly extracted fruit bombs from Barossa. Forbes practices the natural mantra that great wine is farmed in the vineyard, not concocted in the cellar. He even has an EB (experimental batch) line that highlights a single row of a vineyard, with the idea that terroir differs even within the vineyard. This Pinot Noir is for those (like me) who prefer their reds light, juicy, and chillable. In addition, you’ll find notes of fresh red berries, minerals, cloves, and chamomile. It may take a moment to swallow your swig, as it is a true joy to swirl in your mouth.

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