Highlights: Mac Forbes EB56 Italian Stallion Dolcetto 2019 Yarra, Australia

Though Mac Forbes has been working with Italian varieties in the Yarra for a while, this is his first Dolcetto, aptly placed in his EB (Experimental Batch) series. Juicy purple and blue fruits flood this medium+ red, kept buoyant by bright acidity. Thorns, darting violets, finely rasped peppercorns season the compact palate, held tight by a firm, fine brace of tannins. The haunting finish lingers with medicinal perfumed cassis. Quite interesting and highly alluring to see a fresh, structural take on this charming northern Italian grape. 900 bottles made. 93/100

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Treve Ring

Treve Ring is a wine writer and editor, judge and speaker, and perpetual traveller. [She is also Correspondent Anorak.]