Grape(s): Pinot Noir
Style: Full-bodied red wine aged in new French oak
Deep ruby in the glass, showing a bit of haze. Beautifully aromatic with notes of gun flint hitting the nose right off the bat, but with air, this opens up to more fruit-savory character. Tones of ripe strawberry, freshly picked cranberry, juniper and some exotic spice. Good depth, but seems too young at the moment. Seeing how the 2009 developed gracefully, I wouldn’t be surprised if this is better on it’s 10-year mark. Give it time.
Run by father and son Gary and Nick Farr, By Farr is at the top echelon of Australian Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, driving powerful, mineral-focused, single-site wines from near Geelong in Victoria. They have worked with some of the best estates internationally; the Farr’s have a long history with Burgundy’s Domaine Dujac in particular, Gary and Nick both having worked and learned there in turn. Set in a very cool, dry climate, the vineyards are based on ancient river deposits within the valley; the variation of six types of soil, the climate and the excellent drainage ensure very small yields, and intensely flavored fruit.