By Farr Tout Pres Pinot Noir 2016

96 Points - James Halliday Wine Companion!

Australia, VIC, Geelong
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"The more elevated of the sites, with plenty of limestone, ironstone and loam serving as the chassis to volcanic, gravel and iron strand bodywork. The vines are dense, echoing Burgundy. While the other wines in the swag incorporate a generous seasoning of whole-bunch, this is 100% non-destemmed. This is a wine of a spicy, root spice-chinotto astringency meshed to a chiaroscuro of lighter, darker and exotic fruit references. Edgy, spiky and of compelling depth. The least showy, yet the depth and intensity augur for a wonderful future."

- Ned Goodwin, JH Wine Companion

"Only a touch over 2.5 acres, it has three individual soil types across a three-sided cirque (an amphitheatre-like valley head) that rises above the other vineyards. Each slope consists of a soil type. The largest slope is black volcanic soil of limestone, the second is quartz gravel mixed with red ironstone soil and the third, an iron strand in grey sandy loam. The clones that will acclimatise and mutate over time are currently 113, 114, 115, 667, 777 and MV6 to become the Tout Près clone. At 7,300 vines per hectare, Tout Près is the most densely planted vineyard on the estate (hence the name, meaning "very cosy"). The soils and intense competition force the vines to work hard, resulting in fruit that is lush but masculine and provides the coveted structure found only in the most ageworthy wines.

 Tout Près is fermented with 100% whole bunches in a five-tonne oak fermenter. This wine has the flavour profile and intensity to absorb 100% new Allier French barrels."

 - Nick Farr, By Farr