2020 By Farr RP Pinot Noir Côte Vineyard
Gary Farr has been making wine since 1978 in the Moorabool Valley near Bannockburn, about an hour's drive from Melbourne. Before working in Australia he traveled the world and learned the trade at Domaine Dujac in Burgundy, Cristom in Oregon and Calera in California. Not surprisingly, he fell under the spell of pinot noir here and took it back to Australia - not without a fight. By Farr also produces premium chardonnay and have planted shiraz and viognier. Today, the business has been taken over by the next generation, Nick Farr, though Gary still keeps an eye on things. Wijnhuis By Farr has an area of 130 hectares, of which 36 hectares are planted with vines.
Victoria is the wine region in southeastern Australia and one of the country's few cool climate zones. Victoria has a mostly cool to temperate climate. The proximity of the ocean, the differences in altitude and the exposure of the vineyard play a major role. If we put all sub-areas with the same brush, pinot noir and chardonnay are the two specialties. They are produced in all styles. Pinot noir varies from delicate to more structured, but the common denominator is the pure fruit character. Chardonnay ranges from full and concentrated from Geelong to light and fresh from the Mornington Peninsula.
The grapes of RP Pinot Noir By Farr (RP stands for Robyn Pamela, the wife and support of Gary Farr) come from the Cote vineyard that was planted in 2001. This is oriented to the Northeast to avoid too much sun and heat and so that the grapes can retain optimal freshness. The bunches of grapes are picked very selectively by hand at the right ripeness. In the vinification cellar, 50% of the bunches are destemmed. The grapes and other bunches are then cold soaked for four days, after which spontaneous alcoholic fermentation is allowed to take place in large open vats with wild (grape's own) yeasts. Two weeks later, the pressing follows and the young wine is transferred to French oak barriques (50% new) for malolactic fermentation and maturation. After 18 months, the wine is assembled and bottled unfiltered.
The By Farr - RP Pinot Noir Côte Vineyard is a beautiful wine from the Victoria region in Australia. This wine is produced by the By Farr family, who have owned vineyards in the region since 1985. The RP Pinot Noir Côte Vineyard is made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes, which come from a specific vineyard called "Côte Vineyard". The grapes are picked manually and carefully selected for the production of this wine. The wine has a beautiful, deep red color and an aroma of ripe berries, spices and a hint of vanilla. In the taste, the wine is soft and round, with notes of red berries, cherries and a subtle hint of oak.
FACT: The wine is in our conditioned Wine Warehouse and if you come to pick up the wine you will also receive a nice discount. We are almost next to the Rijksweg with plenty of parking space. Click here for address
Gary Farr has been making wine in Moorabool Valley near Bannockburn, about an hour's drive from Melbourne, since 1978. Before working in Australia, he traveled the world and learned the trade at Domaine Dujac in Bourgogne, Cristom in Oregon and Calera in California. Not surprisingly, he fell under the spell of pinot noir here and took it back to Australia - not without a fight.
The Farr estate is located in the Moorabool Valley between Geelong and Ballarat, 100km south-west of Melbourne. Grape growing in this region dates back more than 200 years, with Swiss settlers planting Victoria's first vineyards here in the early 1800s. The estate's rich volcanic soil and continental climate produce premium fruit with a taste, bouquet and color unique to our area.
Gary and Robyn Farr bought the original property in 1994 and the second part in 1998 - the latter had been untouched for nearly 40 years and consisted of dense boxwood thorns and noxious weeds. The final piece of the puzzle, connecting the two pieces of land, was purchased in 2011 by Nick and Cassie Farr, totaling 130 hectares, of which 36 hectares are under vines and the rest are maintained as grazing and cropland for livestock and horses. With a mixture of different clones and rootstocks, the grape varieties grown here include viognier, chardonnay, pinot noir, gamay and shiraz.
Nick and Gary Farr stand side by side, but aren't afraid to go head-to-head when their opinions differ. Each generation has developed a distinctive style of winemaking based on its individual experience and taste, and their respective lines - By Farr by Gary and Farr Rising by Nick - have received critical acclaim both in Australia and abroad.
|Available as of
|Jul 12, 2023
|Type of Wine
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|James Suckling rating
|Dry, Fruity, Aged on wood, Red fruit, Flexible, Full
|Barbecue, Cadeau!, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch