6. By Farr Irrewarra Pinot Noir 2016 (WF 93)

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Wine Front 93 points.

The vineyard (planted on original rootstock in 2001) is located in the heart of the Western District Farming country, approximately 150 kilometers south-west of Melbourne. The soils across the slope of the site are a mixture of grey sandy clay loams at the south end to dark brown loams with fragments of buckshot and quartz gravels towards the north. All with underlying brown to yellow clays.

Overall the soils remain very moist throughout the year because of the clay based soil profile and annual rainfall of 885mm, resulting in the very attractive damp earthiness character in the fruit and wine.

Nick Farr has been taking fruit from the site since 2012 and produced the first dedicated vintage in 2015.

All MV6, whole-berry ferment. 1/3 new oak, 1/3 one-year-old and 1/3 two-year-old. 19-22 days on skins. Vibrant and lifted, with a distinct light red, rhubarb and sour cherry fruit thing going on. Gives a nod towards sappiness, maybe a little char of oak, but alluring all the same. Layered and textural in the mouth, where the fruit is a little fleshier but still in the light red spectrum. But then there is undergrowth and turned earth, too. Though it's fleshier in the mouth than the nose suggests, at all times the acid provides a tightly wound structure, supported by fine, powdery tannins. This is very good.

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