Farr Rising Pinot Noir 2016
The wine has a floral, rich, full nose with powerful berry fruits beginning to build. The palate has sweetness followed by mineral overtones. The perfume is enhanced by toasty oak and earthy undercurrents. It finishes with fine tannins yet great structure and a long savoury finish. An intriguing wine from such a low-yielding vintage.
The Wine Front – This is a particularly jellied pinot noir. Port wine jelly mixed with cranberry, orange peel and Turkish delight. It seems both sweet and exotic at once, though before any conclusions are drawn let me also mention that there are ample inputs from earth, spice, twigs and peppers; savouriness walks in lock-step with the exaggerated, or lifted, fruitiness. It’s immensely inviting and enjoyable now, though the longer you sit with it the more you think its best days are ahead. Balance, finesse, length etc; all cannot be faulted. Score here could well be stingy. 93 points. Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front November 2017
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