After tasting their RP Pinot Noir, we were sold. This is one of their top Pinots Sangreal is the most seamless and perfumed of their three single-vineyard Pinots. Extremely limited!
The Sangreal vineyard was planted in 1994, making it their oldest vineyard. It lies on a north-facing slope (so best sun exposure for Southern hemisphere) and the soil composition is bluestone and overlaying limestone (our favourite soil!), with red ironstone colouring the surface. This is unlike their 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. The clones used in Sangreal are 114 and 115, which they believe have mutated over time to become the ‘Sangreal clone’, now within its own microclimate.
Vinification: about 70% whole bunch and 70% new oak.
Producer's tasting notes:
Each year the same descriptive notes come to mind for this wine: seductive, perfumed, seamless balance and moreish. It is a site that wavers very little in more difficult vintages and excels in the great ones—this is the backbone of By Farr wines. The alluring characters of this vineyard, combined with red fruits, whole bunch, acidity and oak, have produced a beautifully interwoven expression of site and vintage. That’s what it’s all about.