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2016 By Farr Shiraz

Geelong, VIC

Gutsy, full-hearted Shiraz from a legendary producer.

$66.00

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About
With the Shiraz, we're just looking for lucious fruit.

Nick Farr, winemaker

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.

The 2016 vintage conditions suited the Farr Shiraz vines well. A riper, more luscious version of this wine has emerged and it looks brilliant now, though with an eye to the future, for sure.

Silky, slippery and spicy, this is a wonderful expression of Shiraz from a great Australian vineyard.

About By Farr / Farr Rising

Gary Farr is one of the most iconic winemakers in the country.

He was responsible for taking Bannockburn Vineyards 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 considered by many as Australia's leading producer of those same varieties.

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 pulling the winemaking reigns alongside his father, this is a project set to dominate Geelong wine for years to come.

Two generations of Farrs - winemakers Nick and Gary
Two generations of Farrs - winemakers Nick and Gary
Geelong, VIC
Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

Sliky, sexy, moody blacked Shiraz fruit. Layers of flowers, black plums, fig, and pepper all mix together in a heady perfume. It's got power, that's for sure. A bigger body than 2015, darker fruit, richer tannin. A powerhouse release from this vintage and one that should look excellent with a little time in the cellar. - Different Drop Wine Team

97Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"From the original vineyard planted '94, open-fermented with 2-4% viognier, 20% whole bunches, matured for 18 months in French oak (20% new). Complex and rich? Of course, it's Farr. Skilfully sculptured? Ditto. The key to this compelling shiraz is its seismic power and endless length." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

Additional Info

From the Producer

Vineyard

Shiraz fruit comes from the original By Farr vineyard, planted in 1994. It lies on a north-facing slope, and the red volcanic soil has a base of limestone with deep-set sandstone.

Vinification

All fruit is hand-picked from the VSP trellising, with 20 per cent left as whole bunches in the fermentation. Most years we co-ferment between 2 and 4 per cent viognier with the shiraz, the date determining whether or not the former is co-fermented and bled back. It is a natural fermentation, with the fruit remaining in the tank for 19 days before pressing. Shiraz sees 18 months in French oak, 20 per cent being new, and is bottled under vacuum. 

Blend : Shiraz (96%), Viognier (4%)
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2035
Bottle Size : 750ml

The future of By Farr - next-gen winemaker Nick Farr
The future of By Farr - next-gen winemaker Nick Farr
Geelong, VIC
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