By Farr Pinot Noir Farrside 2022


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Region: Geelong
Grapes: Pinot Noir
First Glance: Dark Fruits, Muscular, Earthy Spice, Ethereal

The Wine:
The Farrside vineyard sits on a northeast-facing slope and consists of limestone topped with black volcanic soil. The vines were planted in 2001 and run east-west to protect the fruit from overexposure to the sun. The clones are a mixture of 114, 115, 777, 667 and MV6. Even though the Farrside and Sangreal vineyards are only 300 metres apart, the darker soils and cooler growing conditions of the Farrside vineyard mean these grapes are picked 10 to 12 days after all others and produce a more masculine and edgy wine.

Hand-picked fruit is sorted in the vineyard, cold soaked for four days, then wild-yeast fermented in open-top vats, with between 40 and 50 per cent whole bunches. Pigeage will occur two to three times a day, depending on the amount of extraction required. After fermentation, the wine is pressed by gravity directly to 40-50 per cent new French Oak barrels. Elevage for 18 months, then bottled. 

The Farrside Pinot always tends to exhibit more muscular structure and savoury elements, with deep meaty, spicy mineral flavours evolving in the glass. This is balanced by bright red and black fruits. The wine is fresh and edgy with loads of character, and a firm yet delicate texture that drives the long, haunting finish.