Very pale ruby red in the glass, but don’t let the colour fool you, there’s plenty happening here. All whole berries, no whole bunch. Wild red fruits; cranberry, pomegranate, wild raspberry, autumnal tones, spice and a touch stalk leap from the glass. It’s youthful in the mouth, suggesting it will only improve with a couple years stashed away. Attractive upfront red fruits again in the mouth with pockets of savoury earthiness and twigs. More brawn than the Farrisde and Sangreal, it’s an awesome Pinot that sits distinctly separate to the By Farr releases. Well recommended. Jeremy Muller, FWC.
The Irrewarra label is made by the By Farr folk from a vineyard, planted in 2001, nearby to Colac and nearby to the Henty region.
This is a cool style. It’s herbal and ashen, peppery and tonic-like, with reductive aspects hovering about, along with tobacco. It has excellent form, very good flow, an inherent tension, and enough dark cherried/undergrowthy fruit flavour to make it all work. I’d put this aside for a year or two but in time this will come together very nicely. It has class. It has interest. It has length. Drink 2025-2030+. 94 Points. Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.