By Farr Sangreal Pinot Noir 2016


James Halliday 97 Points!
Wine Front 96 Points!
From by Farr's oldest, 1994 planted vines. Elegant and stunning premium pinot.

Australia, VIC, Geelong
750mL
#Red  #Pinot Noir  #By Farr  #Victoria  #Geelong  

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James Halliday 97 Points!


"The vineyard was planted in '94 to clones 114 and 115, believed to have mutated into a single 'Sangreal' clone. Always made with 50-70% whole bunches, and 60-70% new oak maturation for 18 months. While the power of the wine is typical Farr, this vintage bestows a measure of linearity, a sinuous line to the palate that links and loops around the complex flavours of forest floor/spice and wild strawberry."


 James Halliday Wine Companion 2019


Wine Front 96 Points!


"Wow. This wine is tight and sinewy and yet it has the might of the self-powered. Thus spoke Zarathustra. It’s braided with herbs, stems, peppers, cedar, woodsmoke and cherry plum. It has the pull of certainty. Come with me, the wine says as it rests in the glass. Definitely. How high. At dawn we ride. Buy."


Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front, November 2018


 

"The Sangreal vineyard was planted in 1994, making it our oldest vineyard. It lies on a north-facing slope and the soil composition is bluestone and overlaying limestone, with red ironstone colouring the surface. This is unlike our other vineyards, which are mostly black volcanic soil with heavy amounts of limestone on the surface. The vine rows run north-south, receiving full sun exposure throughout the day, resulting in more perfumed, prettier wines. This is always the first vineyard to be harvested. The clones used in Sangreal are 114 and 115, which we believe have mutated over time to become the ‘Sangreal clone’, now within its own microclimate.

 

Sangreal is consistently made with 60 to 70 per cent whole bunch and aged in new oak. It is fermented in a five-tonne oak barrel with an open-top fermenter, and cold soaked for four days before a natural fermentation of seven to nine days. Once the cap falls, the tank is pressed. The wine is racked only once after malolactic fermentation, then sulphured and bottled, the entire process taking a total of 18 months. The wine is unfined and unfiltered in order to retain its natural flavour and bouquet. Sangreal is the most seamless and perfumed of the three single-vineyard pinots.

 

Each year the same descriptive notes come to mind for this wine: 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."

 

- By Farr