By Farr Sangreal Pinot Noir 2021


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Region: Geelong
Grapes: Pinot Noir
First Glance: Textural, Perfumed, Slinky, Powerful
Acclaim: 95pts

The Wine:
Sangreal is consistently made with 70 per cent whole bunch and aged in 70 percent 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.

Each year the same descriptive notes come to mind for this wine: 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 Review
Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front - 95pts
"This is a particularly firm expression of Sangreal Pinot Noir. It plays all its usual flavours and scents – undergrowth, tangerine, twiggy herb and general bunch influence, red/black cherry, a sweep of smoky-sweet oak, and a general spiciness. But it’s the firmness of the tannin this year that really pulls the room together, and adds command to its assorted flings and arrows. It’s a gorgeous wine, in short. It has variation, length and line, within a controlled context."