By Farr Geelong Farrside Pinot Noir 2015

Victoria
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£52.95 per bottle
21 in stock

95 Points - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front

An elevated offering of pinot noir from By Farr. We all know that whole bunch in fermentation plays a role here, but it’s the site/vines that count most for Nick Farr. Love that brambly, forest floor, pickled cherry, sweet spice scent. Has that garrigue, savoury character through and through. Finesse to the max. Svelte, elegance, understated. Delicious, moreish fruit, spice and mineral flavours. Wonderful lingering flavours and aromas. Idiosyncratic in the best possible sense. This is an outstanding wine.

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Grape Variety
Style
Medium-bodied, smooth & supple red
Food Match
Roasted Food, Mushroom Driven Dishes

Taste & Aroma

Score:95

The Farrside vineyard sits on a northeast-facing slope and consists of limestone topped with black volcanic soil. The vines were planted in 2001 and run east-west to protect the fruit from overexposure to the sun. The clones are a mixture of 114, 115, 777, 667 and MV6. Even though the Farrside and Sangreal vineyards are only 300 metres apart, the darker soils and cooler growing conditions of the Farrside vineyard mean these grapes are picked 10 to 12 days after all others and produce a more masculine and edgy wine.

"An elevated offering of pinot noir from By Farr. We all know that whole bunch in fermentation plays a role here, but it’s the site/vines that count most for Nick Farr. Love that brambly, forest floor, pickled cherry, sweet spice scent. Has that garrigue, savoury character through and through. Finesse to the max. Svelte, elegance, understated. Delicious, moreish fruit, spice and mineral flavours. Wonderful lingering flavours and aromas. Idiosyncratic in the best possible sense. This is an outstanding wine."

Mike Bennie, The Wine Front

Producer

Two Winemakers. Two Lines.  One Estate . By Farr, Father and son team Gary and Nick Farr have gained reputation for some of the best wines in Australia (if not the world) and it is not hard to see why.  Gary Farr was given the distinguished title of “maker of Australia’s best pinot” by legendary wine connoisseur Len Evans, with Gary’s experience gained working as winemaker in wineries such as the infamous Domain Dujac in Burgundy as well as Cristom Vineyards in Oregon.

However, Gary’s son Nick, is also gaining his own reputation and it is important to note that both generations have very different winemaking styles for the two lines:  ‘By Farr’ headed up by Gary and ‘Farr Rising’ by Nick. Despite working side-by-side and often as a team, they are not afraid to go head-to-head when opinions differ.  

Wines from By Farr and Farr Rising are extremely sought after, capturing the praise and acclaim of critics and wine lovers both in Australia and overseas. Any releases by the Farr boys are eagerly anticipated, and with their small quantities of single vineyard Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that rank with Australia's best, it is not hard to see why these fantastic wines are so popular and vintages sell out so quickly.  

By Farr

Region

Despite being the second smallest state in Australia, Victoria is home to over 600 wineries, more than any other wine-producing state. However, Victoria does not produce the most wine, as rather than producing mass quantities of cheaper wine, its wineries tend to be smaller and more boutique in style. The cool climate here produced by the coastal areas means that a wide range of wines can be made, from stunningly complex Chardonnay’s and delicate Pinot Noirs in the Yarra Yarra Valley, to savoury and rich Shiraz from Heathcote and iconic fortified wines from Rutherglen.

Our favourite producers from the Victoria region include By Farr and from the Heathcote area, Wild Duck Creek.

Glassware

Glassware

Zalto Denk-Art Universal Glass

For full-bodied to powerful wines, which are expressive but also show minerality and smooth character. Accentuates complexity and finesse.
Ideal for: All types of Wine. Great as a small Red Wine Glass or an all round White Wine Glass. Adequate for Rosé too. Espeically good for: Chardonnay, Chianti, Riesling and ‘Smaragd’ – wines from the Wachau.

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