Shiraz by Farr 2008

92 points

Geelong, Victoria. 13.5%

Wow, this is a million miles from the Barossa, well not quite just 100km south of Melbourne, but clearly cool climate shiraz. Whole bunch fermentation shows, as does the flick 4% of viognier. Tannins are almost non-existent. It’s young, still showing an almost just fermented character but it’s riper and with softer acid than many Northern Rhone wines so it comes across as very pretty. The young cool shiraz fruit isn’t as cloying and floral, though I’d still recommend cellaring for a few years. That said, I can imagine this being a big restaurant favourite, especially amongst New World Pinot drinkers.

Which raises the question why drink this when you can drink Pinot? Perhaps a fair question at this stage but give it a year or three and this will assert itself more clearly as cool climate shiraz rather than a shiraz made in a pinot style.

Very interesting wine.

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