By Farr is the brand of the Farr Family, started in 1994 by Robyn and Gary on a north facing slope in the township of Bannockburn in the Moorabool Valley. The Original wines where Chardonnay by Farr, Viognier by Farr, Shiraz by Farr and Pinot Noir by Farr now known as Sangreal by Farr. Overtime with the help of Cassie and Nick the vineyards have expand to adjoining neighbouring properties and eventually greater expression of the single site wines that we have today because of the pieces of dirt that we love to farm. The wines of By Farr are built around complexity, layered structure and undeniable length that places them in the highest regard by both consumers for their drinkability and age worthiness or critics around the world for their individuality
A very green and wet behind the ears son of Gary believed he had the enthusiasm and energy to start is own wine label the first year out of university. Nick and Cassie started the Farr Rising brand in a small winery known locally in the Moorabool Valley of Geelong called Innisfail in 2001. The sink or swim guidance that Gary provided in Nick’s first years was not lost on him and has sharped the vigneron his is today. The label first sourced fruit from the Innisfail vineyards while planting new sites on the family farm where the fruit is now sourced for the wines we see today. The Farr Rising wines are build for deliciousness and a higher than expected consistency from every vintage. A fantastic prelude to the By Farr wines yet a stand alone brand of quality.
The Irrewarra brand is a relatively young brand but with a now mature vineyard site planted in 2001 by the Calvert family of famed Irrewarra Sourdough Bakery. Inspired by time spent in Burgundy during the 1992 vintage Bronwyn and John decided to plant a dry farmed Chardonnay and Pinot Noir site. The Farr Family decided to make the site their own with the help of the Calvert's from 2012, farming the land with the level of detail that is expected of the Farr Rising and By Farr sites. Experiencing overtime the share differences between the Bannockburn and Irrewarra sites has lead to greater awareness of all our sites and created a line of wines under the Irrewarra label that are extremely fine and austere. The chardonnays exhibit lime and utter freshness while the pinots have lifted perfume and and undergrowth structured palate. Both wines are a fantastic example of the damp earth, high rain fall climate and free draining soils that they are situated in. Exciting times ahead for those that haven’t not yet had the pleasure.
Farrside is our quintessential Moorabool Valley pinot noir. Dark fruit, meaty and robust structure finishing and ageing with finesse and elegance.
These three vintages show the characters of the site as much as any. Regardless of vintage conditions it is a very consistent site of flavour.
The pack consists of two bottles each from three vintages 2016, 2017 and 2018.
The 2016 wine is from a season that was warmer towards the end of ripening, and is therefore highly perfumed and fruitful.
The 2017 wine is the opposite and ripen in a very cool and late harvest. A savoury, fine, delicate and long wine. Ageing potential.
The 2018 wine comes from the ideal growing season exhibiting all the array of flavour this site has in spades.
There has been great support for the Mixed Chardonnay pack over recent weeks and therefore we have decided to continue it with a couple of changes.
The packs certainly show the styles of wines that are produced from their different sites or soil types and the vintage conditions across 4 years that they where grown in.
Farr Rising Chardonnay 2019 - A year of full flavour and backed up by the refreshing the lemon curd finish.
Farr Rising Chardonnay 2018 - A year of great fruitfulness and balance throughout the palate.
Irrewarra Chardonnay 2018 - The vintage exhibits an array of flavour and intertwined acidity and oak that’s makes us want to drink this wine.
Irrewarra Chardonnay 2017 - A cooler vintage than the 16 and 18 has shown us the savoury austere characters of the site.
Irrewarra Chardonnay 2016 - A warmer finish to this vintage but no less lime character than other vintages which is a trade mark of the site.
Chardonnay By Farr 2017 - Pure balance, a wine that flows from fruit to mineral to natural acidity without you even knowing.
Philippa Farr's Pinot Pack
3 bottles Mornington 2018
3 bottles Gippsland 2018