`Sangreal` Geelong Pinot Noir


By Farr

Winemakers Gary Farr and son Nick are behind By Farr. Gary has made...

wine in Australia (at Bannockburn) and Burgundy (he worked 10 vintages at Domaine Dujac) since the early 1980s. Today, from 33 acres in Geelong, 80 kilometres southwest of Melbourne, they make small quantities of single vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that rank with Australia's best. Their three vineyards are Sangreal, Farrside and Tout Pres. Grapes are hand harvested and they use mainly whole bunch fermentation to lift aromas and give texture and structure on the palate.

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The Sangreal vineyard is the oldest planting (1994) on a north-facing slope which has red ironstone colouring on the surface and a limestone base. This site is unlike their other vineyards which are mostly black volcanic soil with heavy amounts of limestone on the surface. The vines run north to south gaining full sun exposure throughout the day resulting in perfectly ripened grapes. The Pinot Noir clones originally planted in the vineyard were Côte-d’Or origin 114 and 115 clones, which produce wines with good potential for ageing. However, these clones are believed to have mutated over time to create the unique ‘Sangreal’ clone.

Vintage Information

Bud burst was relatively early, followed by a dry, mild spring that delivered the earliest start to flowering on record. Perfectly timed rainfall in late January gave the vineyard a much needed freshen up prior to picking. Harvest began very early with ideal flavours developing rapidly, crops were well-balanced and the berries had intense flavour and good natural acidity.


Fruit was hand harvested and sorted, prior to cold soaking for four days before spontaneous fermentation took place in a five tonne oak open top fermenter, using 70% whole bunches. Fermentation lasted for seven to nine days before the fruit was pressed off the skins. Malolactic fermentation was encouraged before the wine was racked off the lees and aged for a period of 18 months in 60% new oak. No fining or filtering took place prior to bottling.

Tasting Notes

The Sangreal Pinot Noir is the flagship wine for By Farr, perfectly expressing its unique site and Pinot Noir clones. The nose is full of delicate notes of cherries and raspberries, which continue onto the palate. These fruit characteristics are balanced by bright acidity. It is richly textured owing to the prolonged oak ageing and lack of fining and filtering helping to preserve the vitality of these Pinot Noir clones.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 100% Pinot Noir
Region Geelong, Victoria
Winemaker Nick Farr
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%
Acidity 6.9g/l
Residual Sugar 0.7g/l
Wine pH 3.54