Wine Code Breaker #356

2019 Mac Forbes EB57 Concrete Schoolyard Pinot Noir, Yarra Junction, Yarra Valley, Victoria 

Mac Forbes’s approach to winemaking starts in the vineyard.  As he states, “the vines are only as good as the soil they are anchored in.”  And with this, he works with the constraints of the seasons.  His EB – Experimental Batch – range is a place for play.   The vinification of the EB57 uses a concrete fermenter and concrete for maturation over 11 months.  No oak is used.  What we get to see with great clarity is the soil being expressed through the grapes of that season. 

The 2019 Mac Forbes EB57 Concrete Schoolyard Pinot Noir is from the Yarra Junction sub-region within Yarra Valley in Victoria.  A delightful bright deep pink to pale ruby coloured wine.  The nose is playful and highly perfumed with red fruits.  It draws you in.  The palate is an array of red fruits that builds on a bed of ethereal tannins.  It is expressive, simple, complex and playful all at once. 


Rating: 94 pts

Closure: Cork

Alc: 12%

Drink: Now; 3-10 yrs

Price: $40

Tasted: December 2020

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