The vineyard was planted in '94 to clones 114 and 115, believed to have mutated into a single 'Sangreal' clone. Always made with 50-70% whole bunches, and 60-70% new oak maturation for 18 months. While the power of the wine is typical Farr, this vintage bestows a measure of linearity, a sinuous line to the palate that links and loops around the complex flavours of forest floor/spice and wild strawberry.
97 points, James Halliday (March 2018)
Wow. This wine is tight and sinewy and yet it has the might of the self-powered. Thus spoke Zarathustra. It’s braided with herbs, stems, peppers, cedar, woodsmoke and cherry plum. It has the pull of certainty. Come with me, the wine says as it rests in the glass. Definitely. How high. At dawn we ride. Buy.
96 points, Campbell Mattinson (November 2018)
Deepish red colour with a good purple tint. The bouquet is of dark fruits and mixed spices, also liqueur cherry and straw/chaff, with an angelica-like note, while the palate is medium to full-bodied and well-endowed with tannins. It’s at the weightier end of Victorian pinot style, yet also graceful and has plenty of pinosity.
94 points, Huon Hooke (September 2018)
Exotic and complex layers of fragrant violets and red flowers, as well as sappy, savory and woody spices and red-cherry pastry notes. This is complex as always. The palate is expansive and intense with assertive tannins and silky fruit flavors. A terrific, focused and powerful finish.
94 points, Nick Stock (August 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.