New Arrivals from Mac Forbes
Mac’s 2018 releases are a fantastic follow-up to his superb 2017s. Each year I try these wines I feel as though I get to know them better and better, which comes with a improved understanding of their individual sites.
It is important to recognise the detail that is behind these wines. These are not punchy, full bodied Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. Their flavours are more reserved, like a shy person with strong opinions: once you listen to them, you notice that they have a lot to say.
Mac always seeks to craft chiselled, contemplative wines and that is exactly what he has done in 2018. The Chardonnays are built upon strong acid profiles with fleshy fruit hanging off their linear frame. The Pinots, too, are medium bodied at most. They successfully combine very pretty primary fruit aromas and flavours, backed by savoury/ earth-derived tones below the surface. Both the reds and whites will undoubtedly benefit from some time in bottle, but do not let that stop you enjoying them from a young age. These are wines to savour and to marvel in the detail of flavour and the precision of structure that lies behind their pretty exterior. – Ches Cook, FWC