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2016 By Farr Shiraz

2016 By Farr Shiraz

From the original vineyard planted '94, open-fermented with 2-4% viognier, 20% whole bunches, matured for 18 months in French oak (20% new). Complex and rich? Of course, it's Farr. Skilfully sculptured? Ditto. The key to this compelling shiraz is its seismic power and endless length.
97 points - James Halliday's Wine Companion

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  • Nick Farr took the reins from his father, Gary, in 2009, and his comment that his father is 90% of his winemaking inspiration is borne out by the attitude, depth of character and understated finesse of the wines. But there’s no doubt that Nick is taking these wines forward with great conviction and instinct. His 2015 and '16 wines are nothing short of breathtaking.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    Shiraz 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 20 per cent left as whole bunches in the fermentation. Most years we co-ferment between 2 and 4 per cent Viognier with the Shiraz, the date determining whether or not the former is co-fermented and bled 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, 20 per cent being new, and is bottled under vacuum.

    TASTING NOTES

    A powerful nose, with the depth and complexity of cool-climate Shiraz. This wine is spiced with pepper and mineral elements, leaning towards earthy. The co-fermented Viognier adds a little richness to both the bouquet and palate, which has a very pleasant sweetness to start, followed by intense fruit and earthy long tannins to complete the delicate structure and overall elegance of the wine.

  • REVIEWS

    'From the original vineyard planted '94, open-fermented with 2-4% Viognier, 20% whole bunches, matured for 18 months in French oak (20% new). Complex and rich? Of course, it's Farr. Skilfully sculptured? Ditto. The key to this compelling shiraz is its seismic power and endless length.'
    97 Points - James Halliday, Hallidays' Wine Companion 2019


    'Impressively complex with wet stony notes and dark berries, as well as a wealth of attractively fragrant spices, brambly plums, blackberries and black cherries. The glossy dark-fruited palate is laced with spicy oak and built on layers of fine, ethereal tannins. Drink or hold. This will age beautifully.'
    96 Points - James Suckling

     

    'Geelong shiraz. 4% viognier and no doubt a reasonable percentage of whole bunches.I’m tempted to call this tangy and tart even though it’s  more accurate to call it sweet and luscious. It manages to get around to many bases. Swish (cedary) oak, tomato leaf aspects, flings of dry spice, truffles and pure, polished, powerful red/black cherried fruit. The tannin here has graphite inflections. It has it all going on.'
    95 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front