This fruit driven unoaked Chardonnay has been produced using premium grapes from the Margaret River region. The wine exhibits the classic varietal Chardonnay aromas of peaches and citrus. On the palate, vibrant notes of stone fruit are complemented by fresh grapefruit characters and a creamy, nutty soft finish.
95 Points - James Halliday
The cabernet comes from a 25-year-old vineyard in Wilyabrup, the touriga from a 35-year-old patch of vines in Yallingup. The parcels were separately open-fermented, and thereafter spent two years in French oak (20% new); once blended and bottled, the wine was held for 2 years prior to release. Some colour development; a super-elegant, medium-bodied wine, with supple blackcurrant/black cherry flavours, fine-grained tannins and great length. 250 dozen made.
93+ Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front "It’s a beautiful chardonnay. Tight, controlled, complex and distinctive. Stonefruits bound through lemon curd, meal, oak-spice and mineral. There’s a toastiness too, almost a charred peach character, though the flavours all come so immaculately packaged that trying to separate them is as difficult as it is unnecessary. The quality is high, the length impressive, its every step assured."
91 Points - Campbell Mattinson (Wine Companion)
Excellent intensity. Lemongrass and ripe stone fruit flavours meet gravel and sweat. Super fresh and lively. Textural finish.
Gold Medal – Rutherglen Wine Show
Gold Medal – Cowra Wine Show 2016
Gold Medal – 2017 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
Gold Medal – 2017 Mundus Vini International Wine Show
Gold Medal – Royal Hobart International Wine Show 2016
Gold Medal – Wine Show of Western Australia 2016
Gold Medal – Royal Melbourne Wine Awards 2016
Top Gold & Trophy – 2017 Perth Royal Wine Show
2017 Trophy Best Cabernet Sauvignon Top Gold Medal – Rutherglen Wine Show
2017 Trophy Best Cabernet Sauvignon Top Gold & Trophy – '16 Perth Royal Wine Show
Top Gold & 4 Trophies – 2017 Wine Show of Western Australia – Best Wine of Show, Best Red Wine of Show, Best Cabernet Sauvignon, Best and Most Distinctive Regional Character
96 Points - James Halliday
Halliday Wine Companion Awards - Top Rated Chardonnay 2019
97 Points - James Halliday "The very close-planted vineyard adds an extra layer of power and complexity that one expects from the best Farr Chardonnays. The vintage, too, has played a role. This stands tall in the pantheon of top-end Aus chardonnays, planting its own stake in the ground through sheer length."
Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc of the Year - 2018 Melbourne International Wine Competition
Silver Medal – 2017 Wine Show of Western Australia
The blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon is one of the classic Margaret River wine styles. The Sauvignon Blanc in this wine displays tropical fruit and citrus aromas which are complemented by the grassy nuances of Semillon. On the palate, the wine is fresh and vibrant showing passion fruit characters with a lingering crisp finish.
International Wine Challenge: Gold 2017
Decanter World Wine Awards: Silver 2017 & 2018
Deep crimson-purple; whereas the '11 had to fight every inch of the way, this wine displays almost contemptuous ease in the way it has marshalled the layers of black fruits and ripe tannins that soak up the new oak inputs. This will be one of the long-lived, great Black Labels.
95 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front "From a high density planting of chardonnay on an exposed cote at Geelong. It’s so settled and so pure. It pleases from the outset and all the way along the line but it really sparks up as it passes through the finish. Grapefruit, white peach, lime spider and a mass of crackly spice notes. It’s not a showy wine, it has no need to be, but it’s not low key either. It’s like old money in that sense; it’s not gaudy but it still tastes rich."