Irrewarra (By Farr) Pinot Noir 2019By Farr
About By Farr
Gary Farr’s passion for Pinot Noir originates from time spent in Burgundy. In 1978, Gary began his career as winemaker at Bannockburn Vineyards in the Moorabool Valley, northwest of Geelong in Victoria, Australia. His insatiable desire to make the best wines possible led to his travels in Burgundy. Over time, he worked 10 vintages at the incomparable Domaine Dujac.
Gary founded By Farr after buying land in Geelong and planting grapes in the early 1990s. From the outset, the style of wines has been linked to the techniques he learned in Burgundy, and specifically at Dujac. Large proportions of whole clusters are one of the key parts of this style.
In the last 10 years, the estate has been managed by Gary’s son Nick, who is taking By Farr to new heights, and was recently named the 2020 Winemaker of the Year by Gourmet Traveller. Now encompassing 16 hectares, the viticulture is mostly organic (only the mulch is not) with native grasses allowed to grow between the vines and no tilling. The wines come from single vineyards, see native yeast fermentations, and the winery is gravity fed. There is a ripeness and richness to these wines that is unmistakably Australian, but with a lovely balance, elegance, and savouriness. None other than Jeremy Seysses of Domaine Dujac has described them as some of his favourite wines.
Recently, By Farr has launched a new project – Irrewarra. While they are the only non-estate wines produced by Nick Farr, they are farmed by the same team. The Irrewarra site is an hour to the west of Bannockburn, but is a cooler site with significantly more rainfall, resulting in a fresher and brighter style.