By Farr Viognier 2017

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  • South Melbourne
  • Sydney
The Viognier by Farr is a blend of two vineyards. One is the original house block planted in 1994, which has friable red soil over limestone leading to sandstone—similar soils to the Sangreal Pinot Noir and By Farr Chardonnay. The fruit was picked earlier to retain natural acidity while maintaining varietal character, creating a more delicate and refined drink. The Viognier is foot-stomped and left for two or more hours on its skins, to extract phenolics, flavour and texture. The fruit is then pressed, cooled and put straight into barrel (30% new French oak) with all solids for a natural fermentation, followed by malolactic fermentation.

Good depth to nose with honey, peach conserve, almond and a hint of cinnamon stick. Rich and full on the palate but not heavy. Almost a Valencia orange note, sharp and fresh, giving a sense of cut to a gently mouthcoating wine. Good, fresh length. NICK FARR