2020 By Farr Pinot Noir ‘Farrside’ - Bannockburn Victoria
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For years the Farrside and Sangreal Pinot Noirs evolved side by side, each year asking the question which is the better wine. But finally I think we are at a point where each wine is different and able to stand on its own as a great wine.
"Great deep colour, and sweet spice aromas, with a much firmer palate than we see in the Sangreal. These wines have a perfect fade from fruit to structure, a velvet like character, really complex texture. It’s darker, firmer edged and more upright. You can taste a fresher fruit note, black cherries and plums and a sense of fine oak. Really impressive." - Nick Farr
"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."