2020 Winemaker Of the Year - Gourmet Traveller Wine
The reputation of this legendary Bannockburn producer continues to grow, with Nick Farr taking out Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine's 2020 'Winemaker of the Year' award - 20 years after his father Garry earnt it.
This newly released 2019 by Farr Sangreal Pinot Noir is a classic example of what By Farr does best; powerful, complex and beautifully structured with a long future ahead of it.
The Sangreal Vineyard is the oldest planting (1994) on a north-facing slope of red ironstone on the surface going to limestone to bluestone below. The rows run north to south, gaining full sun exposure throughout the day and resulting in prettier, more perfumed wines. It’s always the first vineyard to be harvested.
Sangreal is consistently made with 60 to 70% whole bunch and aged in new oak. It is fermented in a five-tonne oak barrel with an open-top fermenter, and cold soaked for four days before a natural fermentation of seven to nine days. Once the cap falls, the tank is pressed. The wine is racked only once after malolactic fermentation, then sulphured and bottled, the entire process taking a total of 18 months. The wine is unfined and unfiltered in order to retain its natural flavour and bouquet. Sangreal is the most seamless and perfumed of the three single-vineyard Pinots.
"The original By Farr Pinot Noir site, this is the epitome of Pinot Noir perfume and complexity. It's an ethereal Pinot, heavily scented, rich and multifaceted. Dark, ripe cherries meet comforting barrel spice, whole-bunch crunchiness and earth. The Sangreal Pinot Noir excites all the senses with its wonderful aroma and silky palate weight"- By Farr Wines.
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