As one of the most hotly anticipated releases for 2021, this will not last long. Winemaker Nick Farr’s devotion and detailed attention to coaxing the best out of the vineyards from the Moorabool Valley, west of Melbourne, make the imbibing results spectacular. For the drinker, the wines of By Farr are built around complexity, fineness and layered structure that builds across the palate – placing these wines in the highest regards for their gushing drinkability, just as much as their age worthiness. And as global, critical acclaim grows each year, accessing these wonders just gets harder, so don’t hesitate.
The Farrside is a wine where bass, mid and treble are all turned up to 10… Strawberry, cherry, exotic spice, musk, bergamot, plenty of creamy oak. It’s medium bodied, intense orange and cherry flavour, with five spice and oak, and fine dense silky tannin.
Supple, hugely complex and spicy; black olive tapenade, graphite, ripe plums and cocoa. It has an open weave, not defined by oak, nor over-extracted. You might say this has been clearly guided by a Pinot Noir winemaker. It’s a seductive, wondrous Shiraz.
The Chardonnay by Farr comes from the same site as the Sangreal Pinot Noir. It’s an exposed, hungry north-facing slope of red soil over limestone, planted in 1994. The palate is fine but firm, with great acidity, texture and length. This wine is rich in flavour, yet very refined.