Tuesday, September 15, 2009

By Farr Geelong Shiraz 2007

‘I pictured a rainbow
You held in your hands
I had flashes, but you saw the plan
I wandered out in the world for years
While you just stayed in your room
I saw the crescent
You saw the whole of the moon!
The whole of the moon!’
'The Whole of the Moon’ – The Waterboys

There, that’s done with then hey. But enough about silver plates, let’s talk about something that doesn’t need a free ride; By Farr Geelong Shiraz 2007.

A deep garnet red with an almost inky purple hue – this wine spent heaps on skins I reckon. The nose has plenty going on; red liquorice and sour cherry, very redolent to an Antinori Tignanello, and plenty of spice, pepper and minerality, typical of cool climate Shiraz. In the mouth there is more sour cherry with a great layered fleshy finish of chocolate cherry ripe, but not ripe ripe. Super firm tannins and great acid length make this wine a monty for the cellar. On a side note this wine has 2% Viognier - slightly less than previous vintages.

Brilliant balance, brilliant length and super complexity. There is nothing about this wine being too high, too far, too soon – By Farr Shiraz 2007 is the Whole of the Moon!! And yes I still think this is Australia’s best Shiraz – Mucho fantastico!

Drink till 2020
Drink with Beef Bourguignon
Quality cork $55 (mailing list) 14% a/v


  1. I love Geelong Shiraz but have never had By Farr's. A problem that requires a solution I'd say.


  2. Posts like this make me wish I had a cellar and the funds to stock it. Damn you reality...

  3. one of my favourite aussie shirazes as well. a pinot-lover's shiraz i reckon.