From the oldest vineyard of the Farr estate, the sun exposure of the north-facing slope sees the fruit the first to be harvested each year, and results in the most perfumed of the single vineyard sites. Gary Farr believes the 114 and 114 Pinot Noir clones planted in the Sangreal vineyard in 1994 have mutated over time to become the Holy Grail. A seductive mélange of strawberry, pomegranate, red liquorice and rose petals on the nose opens to reveal fragrant and fresh potting soil of spring. The vibrant acid is reminiscent of a perfectly brewed hibiscus tea, and the seamless interplay of spice, whole bunch and oak dances on the palate. The tannins are fine, yet lingering with the unfined and unfiltered wine carrying some weight. Dangerously alluring, the Sangreal is the Pinot Noir you have searching for. - Peta W
The Farr estate is located in the Moorabool Valley between Geelong and Ballarat, 100km southwest of Melbourne. Grape growing in this region dates back more than 200 years, with Swiss settlers planting Victoria's first vineyards here in the early 1800s. The rich volcanic soil and continental climate at our estate produces premium fruit with a flavour, bouquet and colour that is unique to our surrounding area.
Gary and Robyn Farr purchased the original property in 1994 and the second section in 1998; this latter had been untouched for almost 40 years and consisted of dense boxthorn and noxious weeds. The final piece of the puzzle, which links the two blocks of land, was purchased by Nick and Cassie Farr in 2011, making a total of 130 acres; of which 36 acres are under vine and the remainder is maintained as grazing and cropping for cattle and horses. With a mixture of different clones and rootstocks, the grape varieties grown here are viognier, chardonnay, pinot noir, gamay and shiraz.
Nick and Gary Farr stand side by side, but aren't afraid to go head-to-head when their opinions differ. Each generation has developed a distinctive winemaking style based on his individual experience and taste, and their respective lines; By Farr by Gary, and Farr Rising by Nick; have received critical acclaim both in Australia and overseas.
- Winery Note
|Product Type||Wine Red Pinot Noir|
|Winemaking Practices||Minimal Intervention|
|Vineyard Practices||Minimal Intervention|