2015 Viognier By Farr
The By Farr Viognier is a blend of two vineyards. One is the original house block planted in 1994, which has friable red soil over limestone leading to sandstone—similar soils to the Sangreal Pinot Noir and By Farr Chardonnay. The second vineyard is a younger planting of unknown clones in red ironstone soil. Viognier is foot-stomped and left for two or more hours on its skins, to extract phenolics, flavour and texture. The fruit is then pressed, cooled and put straight into barrel with all solids for a natural fermentation. Malolactic fermentation is encouraged with gentle stirring during the end of autumn. The wine is then racked, fined, filtered and bottled 11 months after harvest.
This has nutty barrel-ferment characters and spicy notes while the apricot flavours are subtler than usual. It has delicacy and refinement, understated complexity and tight structure. It will deliver more with a little time in bottle.
Huon Hooke - Gourmet Traveller WINE