Irrewarra means 'long spear throw', and if you sharpened up your tools enough, that's about the distance you would find the vineyards from the originally Farr home base in Geelong.
It's a project that Nick Farr has been working on for a few years now, and it's just started to bear fruit... literally and figuratively. The vines have been reinvigorted, given the typical Farr family treatment of close-planting and Burgundian trellising; the winemaking following very much in the same style.
The slope is a mixture of grey sandy clay loams at the south end, to dark brown loams with fragments of buckshot and quartz gravels towards the north - all with underlying brown to yellow clays. Overall the soils remain very moist throughout the year, lending an attractive, spicy, damp-earth depth to these exceptional wines.
'These are carefully made, super-premium releases that hint at greatness. There’s definitely lots of Farr DNA in the style, packaging and winemaking, but these have a different shape to the Geelong wines, with the cooler, wetter conditions delivering a subtly different expression. This duo may be indicative of how this vineyard always tastes, but I’d like to see more vintages before deciding that.
What’s not up for discussion is how impressive this pair of wines are. If you like the classic Farr winemaking modus operandi, you’re going to like these wines. I can almost guarantee it…' Andrew Graham - Ozwinereview.com
This is an astonishing Pinot, and will win many a fan, whether they come from By Farr or not. Dark, charcoal fruit, bled pomegranate sarsaparilla, pepper berries and warm almond oak. So inviting and intoxicating.
All MV6, 100% destemmed, whole-berry ferment. 1/3 new oak, 1/3 one-year-old and 1/3 two-year-old.
Poached rhubarb, damp earth, Indian spices and a herbal/green peppercorn note lie beneath crushed rose petals, raspberry and cranberry on a complex and compelling nose. Superb suede tannin accompanies this on the palate, where sour cherry and cream chime in before a crunchy acid kick on the long, raspberry-inflected, peppery finish. Its quality really shines on the gliding convergence of acidity, tannin, fruit and spice as the wine goes down. The best rendition of this wine so far.
The Farr estate is located in the Moorabool Valley between Geelong and Ballarat, 100km southwest of Melbourne. Grape growing in this region dates back more than 200 years, with Swiss settlers planting Victoria’s first vineyards here in the early 1800s. The rich volcanic soil and continental climate at our estate produces premium fruit with a flavour, bouquet and colour that is unique to our surrounding area. Gary and Robyn Farr purchased the original property in 1994 and the second section in 1998—this latter had been untouched for almost 40 years and consisted of dense boxthorn and noxious weeds. The final piece of the puzzle, which links the two blocks of land, was purchased by Nick and Cassie Farr in 2011, making 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. With a mixture of different clones and rootstocks, the grape varieties grown here are viognier, chardonnay, pinot noir, gamay and shiraz.