Wine Code Breaker #407

2021 Mac Forbes Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, Victoria

What has the colour pink got to do with Pink Floyd? Nothing. Pink was in fact Pinkney Anderson, a blues guitarist who went by the name Pink. The Floyd part came from Floyd Council, another blues guitarist. A spur of the moment decision by Sid Barrett created The Pink Floyd Sound in 1964 to avoid confusion when two bands turned up at the same gig to perform under the same name, The Tea Set. The “Sound” part was quickly lost and so grew the legendary band that has been one of the most inspirational bands of the last century. Incidentally, it was estimated that at one point, 1 in 12 people owned a copy of Pink Floyd’s seminal album, The Dark Side of the Moon. This album turns 50 in 2023.

What has the colour pink got to do with the 2021 Mac Forbes Pinot Noir from Yarra Valley in Victoria? A lot, starting with the attractive simple pink label and capsule. Upon pouring, the colour presents as a delightful deeper variation of pink; perhaps you would call it light crimson. The nose is attractively perfumed with pink rose petals, rose water, lightly crushed raspberries, along with a little influence of cream and earth. The palate is light to medium bodied and is flavoursome and textural. Pink fruits, silky tannins, savoury and earthy notes leave a lingering sensation that makes me think Pink Forbes has a great ring to it.


Rating: 94 pts

Closure: Screwtop

Alc: 11.5%

Drink: Now; 3-7 yrs

Price: $35

Tasted: January 2023

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