Wines Of Mac Forbes


Mac Forbes‘s highly sought-after fine wines are the last word in Australian poise, elegance and alcoholic restraint. We are thrilled to be able to offer six of these handcrafted triumphs.

You may recognise Mac as the all-seeing eye behind our wallet-friendly ‘Blind Spot’ wines, which he sources exclusively for us. The wines below – made by Mac and bottled under his own label – are a different proposition entirely. These are some of Australia’s most sophisticated and elegant wines. Their varietal purity and strong sense of place sing of the cool reaches of Victoria’s Yarra Valley and Strathbogie Ranges, and the hand-tended vineyards from which he sources his grapes. His pinots are true, his rieslings racy, his chardonnays rich but refined, his cabernet divine but sadly endangered (see below). They keep beautifully too, so lay them in while you can.
If you don’t already know Mac, the mixed case is the perfect introduction. If you do, you’ll need no convincing.” – Sarah Knowles MW, Wine Buyer, The Wine Society 

The tasting will be held on Thursday 12 October at the Harrogate Masonic Hall starting at 7pm. It will be followed by a two-course supper.

Tickets are on sale at £30 and reservations are accepted with a deposit of £15


Tasting List

  1. Mystery wine for Blind Tasting
  2. Mac Forbes Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2015 (£16.50) – “The epitome of cool, in all senses: toasted brioche, piquant Granny Smith and citrus notes mingle on the nose, and, on the palate, bright fruit and perfectly balanced acidity with a light, unobtrusive oak element. Drink now to 2019. 13%”
  3. Mac Forbes RS13 Strathbogie Ranges Riesling 2016 (£17.50) – “From a gem of a vineyard, Mac’s riesling is a masterclass: a dash of lime on the nose, off-dry on the palate, scythed by mineral raciness, a long, pure finish and miraculously modest ABV. Now to 2022. 10.5%”
  4. Mac Forbes Hoddles Creek Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2015 (£29.50) – “The fruit of an excellent vintage, with impressive structure underpinning the bewitching notes of redcurrant and spice. Keep awhile, or decant and enjoy immediately. Now to 2023. 12%”
  5. Mac Forbes Woori Yallock Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2015 (£29.50) – “A thoroughly modern Aussie chardonnay, fermented in old barrels, with wild yeasts, to give the outstanding Woori Yallock fruit centre stage. A very discreet touch of oak laps the classic apple and lemon flavours typical of cool-site chardonnay. Long and gorgeous. Now to 2020. 13%”
  6. Mac Forbes ‘Hugh’ Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (£39.50) – “Sadly, the final vintage of this wine, as the vineyard has been struck by phylloxera. Seize a last chance to savour its seductive leather and cassis bouquet, the rich, fruit-cake notes that evolve on the palate and its long, complex finish. Drink from 2018 to 2024. 12.5%”
  7. Mac Forbes Woori Yallock Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2015 (£39.50) – 10% whole bunch, hand sorted, portion foot stomped, open fermenter, maturation 11 months in new and old oak, indigenous yeast, bottled without filtration or fining. The character of Mac’s prized Woori Yallock vineyard is conveyed beautifully in the tart, crunchy, peppery, cranberry-and-redcurrant palate, and the overall finesse and complexity of this gorgeous pinot. Decant, to get the flavours buzzing. Now to 2023. 12.5%” 


Lamb shank with mint and redcurrant sauce

(Blind Spot Yarra Valley Barbera 2105)

Chocolate and cherry roulade

Optional Tasting Only (@ £15 pp, 2 places)

Reservations (With Supper)

Paid In Full

  1. Buckley, R
  2. Dias, B
  3. Dias, R
  4. Goulding, P
  5. Greenwood, J
  6. Murphy, P
  7. Murphy, C
  8. Owen, G
  9. Owen, R
  10. Shore, J
  11. Shore, P
  12. Stewart, A
  13. Stewart, E

Deposit Paid

  1. Bent, G
  2. Benson, R
  3. Cameron, A
  4. Cameron, S
  5. Guthrie, A
  6. Jos 1
  7. Jos 2
  8. Lee, T
  9. Lees, D
  10. McFarlane, D
  11. McFarlane, G


  1. Botwright, Ian
  2. Botwright, Elizabeth



Last updated 17 August 2017