Our wine making philosophy
The philosophy that underpins our entire business is the same philosophy that drives our winemaking – no bullshit, honesty always. We believe that great wines are made in the vineyard, and our role in the cellar is one of guidance rather than interference. Each parcel that finds its way in to our winery is approached with an open mind and managed thoughtfully to produce wines that are fun and engaging.
Over the years, we have been excited to work with many different varieties in the cellar, and each has provided its own learning opportunity. While our philosophy remains firm, our winemaking practices are far from set in stone, and continue to evolve as we discover more about each site and the interaction between grape and place.
An overview of our wines
Our wines are broken down into a number of ranges, each representing a different stage in our exploration of place and variety. Every wine contributes a small piece to the puzzle.
With some good fortune and a mountain of work, we have established a family of Pinot and Chardonnay vineyards across the Yarra Valley. The diversity of these sites offers us a chance to learn and share what a remarkable place the Yarra Valley is. We also have the opportunity to work with some incredible parcels of varieties that may yet become the future of the Yarra. By treating each block individually, we are able to allow the wines time and space to develop expression that is true to both place and to vintage. These wines are the lens through which we tell the story of our region.
As part of our quest to learn more about the sites we work with, we hold back and cellar a portion of each wine we make to revisit at different stages throughout its life. On special occasions, or when a wine is looking particularly alluring, we will release a small allocation of this museum wine to our mailing list.
Single VineyardView Single Vineyard
Our Villages tier is the most recent addition to the Mac Forbes Wines range, with the 2019 vintage our first release. Villages seeks to bridge the gap between the micro detail of soils in the Single Vineyard range and the broader strokes of the Yarra Valley regional wines.
Experimental Batch (EB)View Experimental Batch (EB)
Culturally, our EB wines have grown in importance over the years. For all staff to feel a responsibility to seek the unusual or to explore the unknown is powerful stuff. Every year we discuss wines, styles, vineyard quirks that sit outside of our core range.
Made only in outstanding years, the fruit for this wine is sourced from the Antcliff Chase vineyard in the Strathbogie Ranges, at an elevation of approximately 600m. This altitude ensures large diurnal temperature fluctuations (day-night temperature change), helping maintain acidity and capture flavour.