Nick and Gary Farr stand side by side, but aren’t afraid to go head-to-head when their opinions differ. Each generation has developed a distinctive winemaking style based on his individual experience and taste, and their respective lines—By Farr by Gary, and Farr Rising by Nick—have received critical acclaim both in Australia and overseas.
The Chardonnay by Farr comes from the same site as the Sangreal Pinot Noir. It’s an exposed, hungry north-facing slope of red soil over limestone, planted in 1994. The Chardonnay vines are a mixture of Dijon clones and P58. The fruit is picked by hand and whole-bunch pressed. All the solids are collected and chilled before being put to French oak barrels (30% new). A natural fermentation occurs over the next two to three weeks at cool temperatures. After fermentation, a bit of stirring helps start malolactic fermentation, which is usually completed by mid-spring. The wine is then racked, fined and lightly filtered before bottling 11 months after picking.
No matter what you call it, this is a beautiful wine. It covers the bases of freshness, flavour, texture and length and then adds the indefinable. If you feel in desperate need of one long lazy afternoon then this hands it to you. It’s stone fruity and grapefruit-edged and flinty and none of those things. Its cedarwood notes are painted on the bare skin of chardonnay. Trust. From the first sip it establishes trust. Tasted: April 2020; Alcohol: 13%; Price: $78; Closure: Diam; Drink: 2020-2028; Rated: 96 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
Stunning chardonnay. Flinty, peach-driven, toasty, sweet with spice and cedar wood, but smoky and minerally in spades. Powerful up front and all the way through before completely setting sail on the finish. A complete wine if ever there was one. Drink to: 2038; Price: $NA; Date Tasted: Apr 2020; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 97 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
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