Sangreal By Farr 2015 Pinot Noir
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I was only interested in finding out what this was worth before I paired it with the kids left over easter eggs, instead I tripped over a tasting note from the big man who on his way to giving the wine 97 points tells me that it was fermented with 66% whole bunches….as anyone who drinks with me can attest I'm not the biggest fan of whole bunches but at least I now know my tip out threshold is 67%. This is a really nice, somewhat serious wine which if I had to find something to knock it on I’d maybe say it’s a tad dry from the oak, but it’s a real maybe, and the lashing of carbonic character from the 66% borders on addictive. It’s seductive and alluring, which I think have the same meaning but either way this is a particularly hard glass of wine to put down. Certainly better than anything that I’ve ever made . . . although now I know that the secret ingredient was someone standing by a fermenter counting the whole bunches down to the last one then staying off the sparkling ales long enough to remember to write it down… not my strongest attributes - SG 19/12/18.
The Sangreal vineyard was planted in 1994. It lies on a north-facing slope and the soil composition is bluestone and overlaying limestone, with red ironstone colouring the surface. This is unlike our other vineyards, which are mostly black volcanic soil with heavy amounts of limestone on the surface. The vine rows run north-south, receiving full sun exposure throughout the day, resulting in more perfumed, prettier wines. This is always the first vineyard to be harvested. Sangreal is consistently made with 60 to 70 per cent whole bunch and aged in new oak. It is fermented in a five-tonne oak barrel with an open-top fermenter, and cold soaked for four days before a natural fermentation of seven to nine days. Once the cap falls, the tank is pressed. The wine is racked only once after malolactic fermentation, then sulphured and bottled, the entire process taking a total of 18 months. The wine is unfined and unfiltered in order to retain its natural flavour and bouquet. Sangreal is the most seamless and perfumed of the three single-vineyard pinots.
97-points - James Halliday's Wine Companion 95-points - The Real Review (Huon Hooke)