2022 Farr Rising Gamay

Sumptuous and structured Gamay from one of Victoria's most iconic wine families.
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The Farr's are Victorian winemaking royalty. Between father Gary and son Nick, they have produced some of the country's greatest Burgundian-styled wines over the past couple of decades.

Nick's solo project, Farr Rising, is his chance to challenge his old man's winemaking philosophies. The wines are consistently stellar. There's just something in the Farr's blood.

The Gamay was grafted onto existing Cabernet rootstock not long after Nick and wife Cassie purchased their own block of land in 1999. The wine has developed something of a cult following, as many continue to fall under the beguiling spell of Gamay.

The wealth of knowledge and creativity behind this wine is astonishing. If you are looking for top examples of this much-loved variety, this is one of country's finest iterations.

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.
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.

Region: Geelong, VIC
Blend: Gamay (100%)
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Closure: 750ml
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94 points - "This is a particularly smoky, earthen, tobacco-strewn edition of Farr's Moorabool Valley gamay, the word 'savouriness' almost going without saying. It's a dry, woodsy, leafy wine with a line of juicy red cherry-like fruit washing throughout, and personality at every turn. It's also firm with tannin, in the most measured and uncompromising of ways. Tight, light, complex and engaging; it's quite a wine." - Campbell Mattinson (Halliday Wine Companion)

94 points - "Fascinating wine. Fabulous too. One for the herbal hounds for sure, but with the fruit to carry it. Smoke, tobacco, twig and dried herb characters with red cherry juicing through. This is a dry wine, structural, dried spices everywhere, chaos and control in one." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

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    Andrew C.
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    The bomb

    All time favourite Gamay bursting with fruity vibrancy

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    Dominic A.
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    3 years ago
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Terrific wine from one of Australia’s greatest

    Complex, moreish gamay. Quite full-bodied. Quite savoury. Brilliant value.

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    James B.
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    3 years ago
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Nice structural Gamay

    Nice fruit weight and spice on the palate. Nose a bit shy straight up, rewards a splash in the decanter or a workout in the glass

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    4 years ago
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Try not to sell all of this

    This was the wine I really wanted to review. Current house favourite.

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By Farr

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.

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