By Farr
Shiraz by Farr 2018
Geelong, Victoria

$80.00

Fruit
Earth
Body
Tannin
Acid
Alcohol

Style: Red: Deep, dark with spice.

Producer: By Farr

Region: Geelong, Victoria

Grape: Shiraz

Vintage: 2018

Soil: Black volcanic soil over limestone

Farming: Sustainable

Oak: French oak (20% new)

Alcohol: 13%

Glassware: Burgundy Stem

Decant: Not required

Serving Temperature: 14 – 16°C

The Wine: This fruit comes from the original By Farr vineyard, planted in 1994. It lies on a north-facing slope, and the red volcanic soil has a base of limestone with deep-set sandstone. All fruit is hand-picked from the VSP trellising, with about 15% left as whole bunches in the fermentation. Most years we co-ferment between 2 and 4% Viognier with the Shiraz, the date determining whether or not the former is co- fermented and bleed back. It is a natural fermentation, with the fruit remaining in the tank for 19 days before pressing. Shiraz sees 18 months in French oak, about 20% being new, and is bottled under vacuum.

Medium bodied, but with plenty of intensity. Dark fruits that are perfectly ripe intwine with exotic spice and herb. The palate is beautifully poised, with bright energy resinating long. Red and black fruit unfold before the spice kicks again and delivers wonderful layers of complexity.

Sebastian Crowther MS

Producer Profile

Gary Farr is one of the most iconic winemakers in the country. He was responsible for taking Bannockburn Vineyards in Geelong to the startling heights it reached; one of the benchmark producers of Burgundian varieties in the country. His own label, By Farr, is considered to be Australia's leading producer of those same varieties. The Farr vineyards are based in the Moorabool Valley in Geelong, with a wide array of ancient soils resulting in small yields of incredibly intensely flavoured Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Shiraz and Viognier. With Gary's son Nick now pulling the winemaking reigns alongside his father, this is a project set to dominate Geelong wine for years to come.

Description

Review

Style: Red: Deep, dark with spice.

Producer: By Farr

Region: Geelong, Victoria

Grape: Shiraz

Vintage: 2018

Soil: Black volcanic soil over limestone

Farming: Sustainable

Oak: French oak (20% new)

Alcohol: 13%

Glassware: Burgundy Stem

Decant: Not required

Serving Temperature: 14 – 16°C

The Wine: This fruit comes from the original By Farr vineyard, planted in 1994. It lies on a north-facing slope, and the red volcanic soil has a base of limestone with deep-set sandstone. All fruit is hand-picked from the VSP trellising, with about 15% left as whole bunches in the fermentation. Most years we co-ferment between 2 and 4% Viognier with the Shiraz, the date determining whether or not the former is co- fermented and bleed back. It is a natural fermentation, with the fruit remaining in the tank for 19 days before pressing. Shiraz sees 18 months in French oak, about 20% being new, and is bottled under vacuum.

Medium bodied, but with plenty of intensity. Dark fruits that are perfectly ripe intwine with exotic spice and herb. The palate is beautifully poised, with bright energy resinating long. Red and black fruit unfold before the spice kicks again and delivers wonderful layers of complexity.

Sebastian Crowther MS