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2014 By Farr Sangreal Pinot Noir

Winemaker's Notes

Each year the same descriptive notes come to mind for this wine: seductive, perfumed, seamless balance and more-ish. 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.

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2014 By Farr Sangreal Pinot Noir

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2014 Vintage) says
Clones 114 and 115 planted '94, 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. Typical bright, deep hue; the bouquet exudes flowers (roses, violets), spices and a throbbing heartbeat of gently savoury dark fruits; the palate magically twists all these characters into a single silver-coated stream of red and blue fruits, the tannins no more than background haze, oak a slender frame. A gorgeous pinot of the highest category.
Drink by 2024
97
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
94
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
A mellow and brambly pinot that has a nose of ripe blue fruits and cherries in a really inviting style, laced with fine, dark spices. The palate delivers flavours that delve into plum territory, quite rich and ripe, with a core of sweet flesh. Nicely balanced and musky to close.
Good Wine Guide 2013
97
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Deep purple-crimson; the bouquet has a rich and complex array of dark berry fruits, shifting up a gear on the positively voluptuous palate, which opens strongly and does not back off at any stage. Despite all this, it is a wine of finesse, very different to Farrside. Pinot Noir.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
97
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
Sangreal has an earthy edge to the nose: some beetroot and forest floor, dark plums and a deeply-anchored fragrant potential that will blossom in the years ahead. The palate's assertive, sturdy and leaves no doubt about the power and structure of this wine. A classic 'iron fist in velvet glove' finish - truly superb.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
96
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Mr Gary Farr's small but perfectly formed batch of special pinot has an allure that really stamps the hand of the maker across this one - plenty of undergrowthy, fragrant appeal and lifted spice, with red fruits in the midst. The palate has a smooth, even entry, building some savoury, meaty presence through the palate and finishing with chewy intensity. This means business.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
93
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A highly charged, fragrant bouquet leads into a palate of compelling silk and velvet red fruit flavours rippling through to the very long finish; notes of spice and oak are there, of course, as are the tannins, but it's fruit foremost.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
96
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Slightly brighter hue than the varietal; a steel fist in a velvet glove, with quite beautiful plum and spice fruit, and a super-long and fine palate, opening further on the finish; Pinot Noir.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
96
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
This smoky, complex pinot is Gary Farr's top bottling. Sweet roasted meat and rich dark cherry fruit aromas, terrific ripeness and engaging, lifted whole-bunch fragrance - cleverly pitched. Superb depth and smooth-flowing palate shape with cherry and chocolate flavour, regal smoky oak, deep charming tannins; it's precisely structured and impeccably balanced. Delicious drinking now, it will reward time in bottle.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
96
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Deep, spicy and meaty, concentrated and brambly, with a very ripe and slightly meaty expression of dark cherries, raspberries, redcurrants and plums backed by smoky, nutty oak and spicy nuances of cloves and cinnamon. Underpinned by fine, silky tannins it's deliciously fatty and viscous, with a mouth filling richness of deeply ripened fruit that extends evenly down its palate towards a crunchy, savoury finish. Just a fraction edgy for a higher rating.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
93
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
Gary Farr has a way with pinot noir; there's no doubting it. The depth of flavour is the thing. It's not thick or weighty, but it mines deeper ground, bringing back layers of flavoured complexity in the process. This is an outstanding pinot noir. It tastes of malt, toast and dried herbs, cherry pie and soy. You take a sip and it drags you - mesmerised -into its world. If you could get a bottle of this poured into big pinot noir glasses at your favourite Chinese duck house, you could consider yourself extremely lucky.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
95
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Very fine texture, body and flavour; in a young Burgundian mould, still tied up, but achieves the length of quality pinot without those touches of green. Pinot Noir.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
95
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
This is Farr's deluxe pinot noir. It's worth the dosh. 2005 RELEASE Fabulous pinot noir. Dramatically long through the finish, the true sign of elite pinot. Cherries, stalks, hay, dried herbs, cedarwood and smoke - though to be honest, it's all seamless. Quite a sour fruit profile. But in all, just really good. DRINK 2012-2020.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
96
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
A very complex, perfumed bouquet of ripe, spiced plums; a more restrained palate, but with great texture, the plum flavours supported by high-quality oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
94
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
A finely crafted, supple and satiny pinot whose heady, floral perfume of sweet cherries, plums and berries is backed by meaty, musky undertones. Smooth and silky, its pristine palate of intense cherry/plum fruit finishes long and spicy. Supported by very fine-grained tannin, It's long and savoury.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
95
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Stylish, but far from overwhelmed by fruit; fine, long, savoury tannins. Pinot Noir.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
90
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Long, smooth and fine-grained pinot with an earthy rose garden-like fragrance of undergrowth, cloves and cinnamon. Silky and sappy, the palate delivers vibrant red cherry fruit over lightly dusty herbal notes and hints of forest floor. There's some pleasing viscosity although the wine never loses its sense of tightness and elegance.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
95

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