By Farr Chardonnay 2021
The Farr estate is located in the Moorabool Valley between Geelong and Ballarat, 100km southwest of Melbourne.
The rich volcanic soil and continental climate at their estate produces premium fruit with a flavour, bouquet and colour that is unique to the surrounding area.
The soil characteristics have come through in the style of wine they have today. The palate is fine but firm, with great acidity, texture and length. This wine is rich in flavour, yet very refined. The clones used for the chardonnay are a mixture of Dijon clones and Penfolds 58.
The fruit is hand-picked then whole-bunch pressed in the winery. All the solids are collected and chilled before being put to barrel, which are 30 per cent new French oak.
A natural fermentation will occur at cool temperatures over the next one to two months, and then a small amount of stirring helps start malolactic fermentation.
The wine is then racked, fined and lightly filtered before bottling 11 months after picking. A very mineral site for chardonnay.