2021 Sangreal By Farr Pinot Noir
The Sangreal Vineyard is the oldest planting (1994) on a north-facing slope of red ironstone on the surface going to limestone to bluestone below. The rows run north to south, gaining full sun exposure throughout the day and resulting in prettier, more perfumed wines. It’s always the first vineyard to be harvested and is consistently made with 70% whole bunch and aged in new oak for 18 months.
The By Farr team is completely unafraid of (anything, really, but most especially) tannin and firmness, thanks to inherent confidence in, and knowledge of, the fact that it serves their wines so well. This wine is an excellent case in point, its twiggy herb, undergrowth, and smoky-sweet oak flavours combine beautifully with sweet, convincing red and black cherry flavours, the whole then commandingly pulled together by firm, dry, ripe tannin. This is a truly beautiful wine, pinned to the spot in the best of ways. Drink by 2032.
Campbell Mattinson - James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion