2019 By Farr, Shiraz, Geelong, Australia
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By Farr and Farr Rising Wines
Gary Farr is a truly legendary winemaker; he was responsible for taking Bannockburn in Geelong to startling heights as one of the benchmark producers of Burgundian varieties in the country. His own label, By Farr, is quite simply one of Australia's finest. From their base in Geelong, around 80 kilometres southwest of Melbourne, Gary Farr and his son Nick make small quantities of single vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that rank with Australia’s best wines.
The original property was purchased by Gary and Robyn Farr back in 1994. It has since seen many new additions stretching the size of the estate to a total of 130 acres, of which 36 acres are under vine and the remainder is maintained as grazing and cropping for cattle and horses. The estate is run exactly as you would a Burgundian Domaine, with the winery at the heart of the vineyards, gravity fed with pressing and tanks at ground level and barrels and bottles underground. The winemaking and commitment to such large percentage of both new oak and whole bunch is similar to the Domaine Dujac “recipe” (as well as DRC), and they use the same cooper for all their barrels.
A noble black grape variety grown particularly in the Northern Rhône where it produces the great red wines of Hermitage, Cote Rôtie and Cornas, and in Australia where it produces wines of startling depth and intensity. Reasonably low yields are a crucial factor for quality as is picking at optimum ripeness. Its heartland, Hermitage and Côte Rôtie, consists of 270 hectares of steeply terraced vineyards producing wines that brim with pepper, spices, tar and black treacle when young. After 5-10 years they become smooth and velvety with pronounced fruit characteristics of damsons, raspberries, blackcurrants and loganberries.
It is now grown extensively in the Southern Rhône where it is blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre to produce the great red wines of Châteauneuf du Pape and Gigondas amongst others. Its spiritual home in Australia is the Barossa Valley, where there are plantings dating as far back as 1860. Australian Shiraz tends to be sweeter than its Northern Rhône counterpart and the best examples are redolent of new leather, dark chocolate, liquorice, and prunes and display a blackcurrant lusciousness.
South African producers such as Eben Sadie are now producing world- class Shiraz wines that represent astonishing value for money.
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