by Farr Sangreal Pinot Noir 2016 (Geelong)

Each year the same descriptive notes come to mind for Sangreal by Farr Pinot Noir: seductive, perfumed, seamless balance and moreish. It is a site that wavers very little in more difficult vintages and excels in the great ones—this is the backbone of By Farr wines.

The alluring characters of this vineyard, combined with red fruits, whole bunch, acidity and oak, have produced a beautifully interwoven expression of site and vintage. That’s what it’s all about.


"The vineyard was planted in '94 to clones 114 and 115, believed to have mutated into a single 'Sangreal' clone. Always made with 50-70% whole bunches, and 60-70% new oak maturation for 18 months. While the power of the wine is typical Farr, this vintage bestows a measure of linearity, a sinuous line to the palate that links and loops around the complex flavours of forest floor/spice and wild strawberry."
97 Points & Special Value Star - James Halliday Wine Companion, Drink: To 2035

2015 Vintage
"More exposed, warmer site within the By Farr estate, but picked two weeks before Farrside. Serious feeling wine. Brilliant release from the Geelong stalwart.

Spiced cherry, game meat, touch of briar, whiff of clove oak. Evocative scents from the glass, takes you to butcher’s shops and florists. Soft in the palate, spreads on sheets of fine tannin, mouthwatering acidity, spritely to finish. A quilt caught on the line in a southerly wind. Beautiful sweet-sour-savoury fruit flavours, pitch perfect spice and herbal nuance. Unreal feel here, so unique in its way. Savour it."

95 Points - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, August 2017, Cork, Drink: 2017 - 2030
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The Sangreal vineyard was planted in 1994, making it our oldest vineyard. It lies on a north-facing slope and the soil composition is bluestone and overlaying limestone, with red ironstone colouring the surface. This is unlike our other vineyards, which are mostly black volcanic soil with heavy amounts of limestone on the surface. The vine rows run north-south, receiving full sun exposure throughout the day, resulting in more perfumed, prettier wines. This is always the first vineyard to be harvested. The clones used in Sangreal are 114 and 115, which we believe have mutated over time to become the ‘Sangreal clone’, now within its own microclimate.

Sangreal is consistently made with 60 to 70 per cent 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 2016 Vintage scene was dominated by fluctuating temperatures and conditions. An unseasonably warm May and June followed by a very cool and wet July August had us on edge.

Budburst was early by two to three weeks and therefore the trend continued through fruit set and verasion. It was a warm summer but thankfully without any extreme heat.

Towards the end of January we received good rains and thunderstorms which maintained vine health to a much later picking date than what was expected. What we thought was going to be a very quick and abrupt vintage starting on the 18th Feb, didn't finish until we picked the last of Farrside pinot on the 31st of March and Irrewarra vineyard on the 1st of April. It is the second year in a row that the weather has been very favorable during the end of February, helping to slowly ripen the fruit and hopefully develop more structure and fine tannins.

The wines from this vintage seem extremely fine and mineral driven. As more wines are release from this vintage you will see the approachability and elegance of a cool vintage for the Farr’s. Winery Notes

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VarietyPinot Noir
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