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The Farr Rising Saignée is simply beautiful. This is perfect for those who like a little more complexity in their Rosé wines. The juice is 'bled' from the Farr's estate-grown Pinot Noir fruit after two-three hours on skins. So, the base for this wine is some of the most revered Pinot fruit in the country - a very good place to start. The juice is then barrel fermented and goes through malo to produce a finished wine that is at once delicate but full flavoured. The typical balance and class of the Farr wines on show for all to see.
What it Tastes Like
Pinot scents of strawberry, earth and flowers. It so very pretty to smell. In the mouth it really drives long. Fresh fruit balanced by some savoury elements from the barrel and nice grip which gives it some gravitas. Top example of complex Rosé.
95 points "Multiple pinot noir clones, hand-picked, pressed, wild-fermented in used French oak, matured for 10 months. Salmon-pink; has the mouthfeel of pinot noir table wine - it's more than a rose. Rose petal, cherry blossom and spice aromas lead into a supple, long palate raising the bar on its complex web of spices. The magic lies in the retention of pinot varietal fruit. One of the best roses going around, year in, year out." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
We allow the Farr Rising pinot noir fruit to sit in tank for two to three hours before bleeding free-run juice at a suitable colour for rosé production. Natural barrel fermentation at cool temperatures is followed by full malolacitc fermentation. The wine is then placed in four- and five-year-old barrels for 10 months before being filtered and bottled.
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2021
About the Producer
Gary Farr is one of the most iconic winemakers in Victoria, or indeed, the country. He was responsible for taking Bannockburn in Geelong to the startling heights it reached as one of the benchmark producers of Burgundian varieties in the country. If you want to see a true master at work, anything by Gary Farr will be one of the best examples of and variety in the country. Sheer class guaranteed.
This Victorian region rocks some very serious wines. Pinot Noir from this area, depending on who you talk too, is arguably the best in the country. Phenomenal output for the size of it. The wines from this area are idiosyncratic and have an earthy, sensual quality. Burgundian varieties, Syrah, hell, even Pinot Gris does exceptionally well here. To be honest, it’s very hard to go wrong when buying from Geelong.
No variety captures the hearts and minds of the wine lover quite like Pinot Noir. It’s the unicorn of many a winemaker. Notoriously fickle to grow, this delicate red variety can deliver a kaleidoscope of flavours and aromas, from the bright and floral to the moody and mysterious and everything in between. The cooler regions of Australia are where Pinot Noir is most at home. Look to Tasmania and Victoria for the best examples, with some quality wines beginning to show from the Great Southern and from the cooler parts of NSW. Falling in love with Pinot Noir can be a life long affair, beware the charms of this most enchanting of grapes.
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