2022 By Farr Chardonnay
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 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, although Gary still keeps an eye on things. Winery By Farr has an area of 130 hectares, of which 36 hectares are planted with vines.
Victoria is the wine region in the southeast of Australia and one of the few cool climate zones in the country. Victoria has a predominantly cool to temperate climate. The proximity to the ocean, the height differences and the exposure of the vineyard play a major role. If we lump all sub-areas together, 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 Mornington Peninsula.
The By Farr chardonnay comes from the same site as the Sangreal pinot noir - composed of red soil over limestone - and was planted in 1994. The limestone of this site is not visible on the surface as in other locations. The limestone starts 8 to 12 inches below the surface, down to the depths of the vine's root zone. It is a very exposed north facing slope. The clones used for the chardonnay are a mixture of Dijon clones and Penfolds 58. The grape bunches are picked by hand very selectively at optimal ripeness. In the vinification cellar, the whole bunches are pressed very carefully and the juice is left to rest in a cool place to allow the coarser components to settle. The clean juice is then transferred to French oak barriques (30% new) to undergo spontaneous alcoholic fermentation with wild (grape's own) yeasts in just over a month. The young wine is then transferred to clean barriques for malolactic fermentation and an aging period on the lees. About 11 months after the harvest, the wine is assembled, clarified, possibly lightly filtered and bottled. In the glass the By Farr is bright straw yellow in color. The nose has aromas of grapefruit, papaya, pineapple, roasted almonds, popcorn and some flint. The taste palette shows notes of lime peel, nectarines, tropical fruit and brioche, which are accompanied by a long mineral aftertaste with delicately fresh acidity.
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.
|Type of Wine
|Drinking as of
|Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Rich, Round, Full, White fruit
|Barbecue, Cadeau!, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch