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 Sangreal vineyard was planted in 1994, making it our oldest vineyard. It lies on a north-facing slope and the soil composition is bluestone and overlaying limestone, with red ironstone colouring the surface. This is unlike our other vineyards, which are mostly black volcanic soil with heavy amounts of limestone on the surface. The vine rows run north-south, receiving full sun exposure throughout the day, resulting in more perfumed, prettier wines. This is always the first vineyard to be harvested. The clones used in Sangreal are 114 and 115, which we believe have mutated over time to become the ‘Sangreal clone’, now within its own microclimate.
Liquid roses, strawberry compote, fragrant garden herbs, the sweet joy of spring. It's structural and sturdy and yet it's ever so pretty. There's a tanginess to the acidity and a smokiness to the oak, both of which work in context. Every step is a confident one. Now or later, it will seduce. Drink to: 2030; Price: $NA; Date Tasted: Apr 2020; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 96 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
Medium to full red colour with a tinge of purple and a touch of new leather to sniff, smoked meats and spices, the bunchy style of bouquet at a far remove from simple grapy fruit aromas. Floral notes emerge with airing time. The wine is full-bodied and firmly structured, a serious pinot that will take many years in its stride and needs time to show its best. Power with finesse. A superb pinot. Drink: 2020 to 2033; Price: $85.00; Alcohol: 13%; Rating: 97 Points; Huon Hooke; The Real Review
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