Philippa Farr Pinot Noir Gippsland 2021
Region: Gippsland, Victoria
Growing up in Bannockburn, Victoria, on a small sheep and vineyard property, Philippa was surrounded by people whose lives revolved around vineyards. Philippa 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.
After 4 years of living in Gippsland, Philippa seized the opportunity to make her first Gippsland Pinot Noir 2012.
The Gippsland wine is grown on a site 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 have proven also to wreak havoc in spring at the pivotal times of flowering.
Wild ferment, with 25-30% whole bunches to aid in the wine’s structure and complexity. The slow take-off of the wild ferment allows the wine to sit on skins for close to three weeks. The wine is then pressed off to 30% new oak and racked twice off lees over an 18-month period in barrel. It then goes to bottle where it’s allowed to settle for eight months.
These wines continue to show a dominant thread of spice and savouriness, complemented by cherries and vanilla notes with a vibrant, full red colour and a tint of purple. The palate has intense concentration of flavours with richness of tannins, while acidity gives drive to the wine’s length.