Mac Forbes, ‘Hugh’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Mac Forbes 'Hugh’ Cabernet Franc2015


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Mac Forbes believe that as the wines are constantly evolving, and that "the only tasting notes that matter are yours", there are no tasting notes produced.

Why we love it: 

Mac Forbes is a genius

Drink with: 

Rib Eye with peppercorn sauce

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Yarra Valley
Blend Info.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Alcohol by Vol.
Bottle Vol.
Serving Temp.
12 - 17°


Mac Forbes

Mac Forbes was born and raised in the Yarra Valley, but it was in fact the southwest of France that influenced his decision into winemaking.  At the age of 19 Mac Forbes was back in Melbourne and undertaking a degree in science, and then oenology in Adelaide. This was followed by a stint at Mount Mary, one of Yarra Valley’s best wineries, thereafter heading to London where he stepped away from hands-on wine work. On his return to Melbourne in 2004, he began preparing to release a vintage, at a time when the world was in love with big, extracted reds that Australia seemed to be churning out by the truckload. Mac had different ideas, though. One criticism of Australian wine was that they failed to feature a sense of ‘terroir’, or the environment in which the grapes were grown. He had noticed that some sites in the Yarra Valley had experienced a change in their terroir, becoming warmer, which then stripped away some of the complexity and elegance from wines such as Pinot Noir. Mac searched for cooler sites, in the process of establishing his own vineyards and sourcing fruit from premium local locations. Mac has his EB (Experimental Batch) label, where he, as the name suggests, experiments with different techniques, such as maturing Riesling on its skins (usually a big no-no), or making a Syrah in the style of a Beaujolais nouveau.

In addition to Mac’s experimental wines, such as the ‘EB38 Showdown #2 Pinot Noir Syrah’, a blend made famous in the Hunter Valley, there is also: ‘Coldstream Pinot Noir’, a wine of ‘elegance and quiet power’; and the ‘Hugh Cabernet Blend’, a sumptuous display of black fruit, cedar and spice, with great length.

For more information on Mac and his array of wines, check out his website.



Boasting the title of ‘most diverse’ wine region in Australia, Victoria’s vintners know their wine. Despite being the smallest mainland state, Victoria boasts the most wine regions out of all the Australian states and houses a plethora of individual wineries, producing some of Australia's best Pinot Noir, Fortified wine, Riesling, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Sparkling Wines.

In fact, back in the 1880’s Victoria was Australia’s largest wine producer. However, outbreaks of Phylloxera (aphid like insects that inject venom into the roots of grapevines) and a focus on gold saw wine production in the state grind to a halt. In the 1970s, Victoria’s wine industry enjoyed a resurgence, led by a new generation of talented winemakers keen to take advantage of the diverse climate and soils available in the region.

The world renowned Yarra Valley wine region, is located just an hour from the state’s capital, Melbourne. The region is best known for its Pinot Noir, being that it is the most planted grape and occupies over 36% of vines in the region. The Yarra Valley boasts huge variations in elevation, climate and even soil types, allowing winemakers to be able to produce single vineyard wines that are notable for being unique to their sites.