Philippa Farr grew up at Bannockburn in southern Victoria, “surrounded by people whose lives revolved around vineyards”. You get the sense that she was keen to forge her own path. She did vintage at Brokenwood in 2003, 2004 and 2005 but then pursued a farming career for the following few years. This career took her to Gippsland in Victoria, though through these years she did vintage at Bellvale, Bouzeron, Domaine Dujac, By Farr and Purple Hen. She had the pedigree, the understanding, the appreciation and the knowledge. She was living in a prime pinot noir region. It seems now inevitable that a wine under her own name would follow. This was grown on a vineyard planted at 6000 vines per hectare.
The perfect vintage got underway 7 days after Pip gave birth to her second daughter. Three clonal blocks are wild-fermented with 25% whole bunches, each spending 30 days on skins and 18 months in French oak (30% new). It isn't surprising that this should be a very, very powerful and complex pinot, forest floor the platform on which spicy, savoury dark fruits and briary whole bunch characters should take control. Drink by: 2032; Price: $45.00; Date Tasted: Jan 2019; Alcohol: 13.1%; Rating: 96 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
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