There’s a northern Rhone-esque feel to the wine, though it is wholly its own thing, and wonderful.
About the Wine
The Shiraz By Farr is a Shiraz made like a Pinot Noir.
This is from vines planted in 1994 as part of Gary Farr's original plantings. In most vintages, a small amount of Viognier is either co-fermented or back blended to enhance fragrance and texture. If there were such a thing as a "Burgundian style Shiraz" in Australia, this might be it. Silky, slippery and spicy, this is a wonderful expression of Shiraz from a great Australian vineyard.
The 2015 received 96 points from James Halliday and is a great vintage for this wine.
About By Farr / Farr Rising
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. His own label, By Farr, is quite simply one of Australia's finest producers.
The Farr vineyards are based in the Moorabool Valley in Geelong, with a wide array of ancient soils resulting in small yields of incredibly intensely flavoured Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Shiraz and Viognier. With Gary's son Nick now making the wines, as well as taking his own Farr Rising label to monumental heights, this is a project set to dominate Geelong wine for years to come.
If you want to see one of the country's great winemaking families at work, anything by the Farrs will be one of the best examples of its kind in the country. Sheer class, guaranteed.