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2018 Farr Rising Gamay

2018 Farr Rising Gamay

Seeing the varietal 'Gamay' written on a bottle of wine is enough to send us weak at the knees, but when it's done by Nick & Gary Farr, well we are swooning.
This might just be the best release to date. Bow down, Beaujolais!

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  • Farr Rising is already right up there when it comes to quality and excitement. The wines could barely boast better pedigree, with Nick Farr at the helm and impeccable fruit sources. These range from Pinot and Chardonnay grapes from the Farrs' own 2002 plantings to 35-year-old vines from 10km further down the Moorabool valley. Made in an earlier-drinking style than some of the By Farr range, the Farr Rising wines often go toe-to-toe with their illustrious label-mates. They represent some of the best-value terroir-driven wines available.

    Gamay has always been somewhat of a passion for Nick Farr, especially given his time spent in Burgundy working with the likes of Domaine Dujac and co. The vines were planted over from Cabernet in 1999, with the fruit handpicked, and fermented as wholebunches to ensure the release of those fresh carbonic fruit aromas that work so well in Gamay. An extraordinary release; this 2018 is the kind of wine I wouldn't say no to drinking night after night, ad nauseum.


    The gamay was grafted onto rooted cabernet vines, which were planted in 1999. The soil is black cracking clay soil, with a mixture of submerged volcanic pebbles and boulders at one end, and a more friable and slightly more vigorous chocolate-coloured soil at the other. The first fruit was picked during the 2014 vintage.

    The grapes are hand-picked and sorted in the vineyard, then placed in the tank as whole bunches. The tank is sealed and left for 10 days to ferment naturally and release carbonic fruit aromas. The fruit is foot stomped, pressed on days 11 and 12, and then placed in five-year-old barrels to finish the fermentation process. The wine is bottled eight months later.


    The nose of the gamay, so far, is fruitful at first before opening up to reveal berry flavours with earthy and gamey notes. The palate is full of red berry fruits with savoury undertones. The structure is long, earthy and lingering. With vibrant acidy and defined tannins, this wine is full of flavour.