With yields down 40% in 2014, we have managed to snaffle a few dozen of the most magnificent By Farr shiraz we have tasted! A splash of viognier (5%) lifts this bold and classy full bodied shiraz. Its plushness is offset with alluring aromatic notes of violets and plums alongside a silky tannin profile. A great celebration wine, its pedigree well outweighs its price-point, sitting astride some of our best Australian reds. A few warm spells led to an earlier harvest with pristine fruit, reflected in this wines warming core and precision.
Nick Farr’s thoughts on the wine, ‘a powerful nose, with the depth and complexity of cool-climate shiraz…spiced with pepper and mineral elements, leaning towards earthy. The co-fermented viognier adds a little richness… followed by intense fruit and earthy long tannins to complete the delicate structure and overall elegance of the wine’.
As long fans will know, we’ve written about Farr’s wines before. We also have his other new releases, though sadly in much smaller quantities than previous years. Send us your wish list and we’ll confirm what we can supply shortly.
2015 Viognier by Farr Offer $61
‘A lovely perfumed, yet subtle expression of viognier….the palate is restrained, luscious and shows a ginger-flavoured freshness with underlying power and lingering aftertaste. This wine benefits beautifully from 12 months of bottle ageing, as the acid softens.’ – Nick Farr
2015 ‘Three Oaks’ Chardonnay by Farr
‘The trademark characteristics of the wine produced on this site are understated power and length with a mineral finish… great fruit expression is well integrated with French oak…the palate is fine but firm, with great acidity, texture and length. This wine is rich in flavour, yet very refined.’ – Nick Farr
2014 Farrside by Farr Pinot Noir
‘Each vintage of Farrside pinot noir exhibits more masculinity, structure and savoury components, while deep meaty, spicy and mineral flavours also continue to evolve. Farrside pinot noir is fresh and edgy with bucketloads of character. This is a firm yet delicate wine with a long-textured finish.’ – Nick Farr
2014 Sangreal by Farr Pinot Noir
‘…seductive, perfumed, seamless balance and moreish. It is a site that wavers very little in more difficult vintages and excels in the great ones—this is the backbone of By Farr wines. The alluring characters of this vineyard, combined with red fruits, whole bunch, acidity and oak, have produced a beautifully interwoven expression of site and vintage. That’s what it’s all about.’ – Nick Farr
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