2018 Philippa Farr Pinot Noir Gippsland – Growing up in Bannockburn, Victoria, on a small sheep and vineyard property, Philippa was surrounded by people whose lives revolved around vineyards. She had an appreciation for fine wine from an early age. In 2003, Philippa immersed herself in vintage life at Brokenwood, where after completing her 1st year of a Bachelor of Wine Science, she returned to work full time and study part time, completing vintage 2004 and 2005. Just to ensure her childhood upbringing on a sheep farm was not her true passion, she pursued a farming career in the following years. This is how she found herself in Gippsland, though the continuing thirst for wine experience saw her complete vintages at Bellvale, Bouzeron, Domaine Dujac, By Farr and Purple Hen.
The Gippsland fruit comes with considerable vine age – almost 20 years – and is dominated by the MV6 clone. The vines are on a slight north-facing slope, and are cooled from the Bass Strait winds that are also known to also wreak havoc in spring at the pivotal times of flowering.
The final product in the fermeter looked great, which allowed Philippa to continue using wild ferment techniques and 30% whole bunch to produce structure and complexity. The ferment took off faster than normal due to the outside temperature and was over and done in just over two weeks. Clean, nutrient rich fruit, and happy yeast, meant no need to intervene, with the ferment reaching a perfect 32 degrees, plunging the cap down just enough to maintain a wet cap. Then into 30% new french oak, the wine was racked twice over 17 months before going to bottle, with no filtration.
Such an exciting little Pinot here. The first thing you notice is the structure of the wine. So pure and serious. Great fruit intensity interwoven with soft tannins and a superb backbone of acidity. Another excellent release here which should lay down for quite sometime.
Single Price: $60.00
Any Six Bottle Buy: $45.00
Price per case (12 bottles): $540.00