2020 By Farr, Geelong Chardonnay, 6x750ml

2020 By Farr, Geelong Chardonnay, 6x750ml

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Case size: 6 / Bottle size: 750ml

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2020 By Farr, Geelong Chardonnay, 6x750ml

Producer

From their base in Geelong, around 80 kilometres southwest of Melbourne, Gary Farr and his son Nick make small quantities of single vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that rank with Australia’s best. Gary has been making wine since the early 1980s in both Australia (at Bannockburn) and Burgundy (for 10 vintages at Domaine Dujac). Not only following in his father’s footsteps, Nick has carved out a reputation all his own and was named Winemaker of the Year by Gourmet Traveller Wine in 2020.

Vineyard

The Geelong sub-region of Victoria has a cool climate with maritime influences. The three acres of By Farr Chardonnay vineyards were planted in 1994 and are at an elevation of 120 metres on a north-east facing slope with red soil over limestone. A variety of viticultural techniques are used, from cover cropping and mulching, eliminating herbicides and conserving moisture, to only using organic sprays on the vines. The clones used for the Chardonnay are a mixture of Dijon clones and Penfolds 58.

Vinification

The fruit is hand-picked then whole-bunch pressed in the winery. All the solids are collected and chilled before being put to barrel, which are 30 per cent new French oak. A natural fermentation will occur at cool temperatures over the next one to two months, and then a small amount of stirring helps start malolactic fermentation. The wine is then racked, fined and lightly filtered before bottling 11 months after picking. A very mineral site for chardonnay.

Vintage

Geelong experienced high rainfall over the winter and leading into spring. Frost affected some vineyards in the Moorabool Valley, lowering crop volumes. Budburst ocurred slightly later with good growing conditions throughout spring. Winds were a factor during flowering so some poor fruit set was seen, with smaller bunches and lower crops through most vineyards. Summer was a season of all extremes: over 40°C days, cold temperatures, storms, strong winds and large amounts of water in the space of a few hours.

Tasting Note

This Chardonnay is bright gold in colour, with a trademark mineral note on the nose and hints of integrated French oak. A fine but firm palate with great acidity, texture and length.