Winemaker Mac Forbes is just wild about riesling. Adventurous too... I say we should welcome this diversity with empty thirsty glasses.
- Max Allen
Ever since I worked my first vintage at the age of 18 in France, I was challenged and engrossed by what it takes to make wines that stand the test of time and that are unique to a place.
By the end of 2004, I had returned home from Europe to the Yarra Valley convinced we were only scratching the surface in terms of expression and potential. Sub-regions were dismissed and winemaking was the most important part of a wine.
Fast-forward to 2012 and we are still here working harder than ever but with a few changes in place. Today sub-regionality is broadly accepted and vineyards and their practices are discussed in equal measure with winemaking practices. Things are pretty exciting here in the Yarra.
Thankfully I am no longer making the wines solo. Over the last years, we have assembled a crack team including Dylan Grigg (Viticulturalist), Stuart Dudine (Winemaker) and Ben Craig (vineyard manager). Today we are both grapegrower and winemaker, responsible for a handful of vineyard sites that we lease with our winery located in Healesville.
Our philosophy is simple; to care for the land and plants to maximise plant and fruit health. By achieving this in the vineyard, winemaking becomes a lot more about respect and care resulting in wines that convey both region and variety with clarity and detail.
Well that was quick. Vintage 2013 is officially over.
Picking commenced on February 15th with our Coldstream Pinot Noir and came [...]
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