From the original vineyard planted '94, open-fermented with 2-4% Viognier, 20% whole bunches, matured for 18 months in French oak (20% new). Complex and rich? Of course, it's Farr. Skilfully sculptured? Ditto. The key to this compelling Shiraz is its seismic power and endless length.
97 points, Wine Companion, March 2018
Impressively complex with wet stony notes and dark berries, as well as a wealth of attractively fragrant spices, brambly plums, blackberries and black cherries. The glossy dark-fruited palate is laced with spicy oak and built on layers of fine, ethereal tannins. Drink or hold. This will age beautifully.
96 points, jamessuckling.com, December 2018
Geelong Shiraz. 4% Viognier and no doubt a reasonable percentage of whole bunches. I’m tempted to call this tangy and tart even though it’s more accurate to call it sweet and luscious. It manages to get around to many bases. Swish (cedary) oak, tomato leaf aspects, flings of dry spice, truffles and pure, polished, powerful red/black cherried fruit. The tannin here has graphite inflections. It has it all going on.
95 points, Wine Front, October 2018
Deep-ish red with a tint of purple, the bouquet very spicy, also vegetal and humus-like with a strong whole-bunch influence. The wine is medium to full-bodied and softly-textured, with flesh and sweet-fruit succulence, the foresty whole-bunch note dominating the flavours with its stemmy overtones. The more you sip, the more the spicy flavours come to the fire and the wine delights. The balance and texture of the palate are highlights.
95 points, Real Review, November 2018
Victoria’s first commercial wine was produced in Geelong by Swiss immigrants in 1845. During the mid- 1800’s Geelong was the largest grape-growing region in Victoria with 400 hectares under vine. When phylloxera struck in the 1870s however, the vines were decimated and it was not until the late 1960’s that the area’s vineyards were re-established. Located about 80 km southwest of Melbourne, Geelong has a cool maritime climate with low rainfall and prevalent cool blustery winds that affect flowering and Franceuit set. Soils are diverse, mostly volcanic over limestone with some lesser quality black soils. The region is dotted primarily with family owned wineries producing small quantities of high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon.