Place: Geelong, VIC
Variety: Pinot Noir
Words from the winemaker, Nick Farr:
Of all of the Farr family pinots, RP - named after matriarch Robyn Pamela Farr - is the most slender and febrile. Yet this delicacy is only in comparison to the other By Farr Pinots which start off richer and more characterful than many. Only the best fruit parcels in the finest wood, then the most perfect barrel expression during élevage, make it into the RP - and the newly released wine is sitting tightly coiled, waiting. There is the hallmark By Farr whole bunch character of richly spicy and compact dark fruit. The palate of the wine is fresh and beautifully structured. Perhaps not an eternal wine (one can only wish) but one that will last decades.
There is obvious spice and tang from whole bunch on the 2020 RP, but nothing underdone, all ripe and resolved, and heads off those vineyard elements with a formidable counter punch from the ripe sweet fruit notes. A comforting spice sits right behind and then comes the acid. It seems to take on each element of the previous three pinots and put them on display in one incredible wine.