Originally part of a 220 acre sheep farm, this 25ha vineyard in Marlborough's Brancott Valley was planted in 1982 by Ken and Jill Small and the first wines were released under the Fairhall Down’s brand in 1996.
Since the purchase of the property in 2014, the focus has been on vineyard improvement and the introduction of sustainable management.
Uniquely free-draining, the soil is a nutrient-rich top layer over a gravel clay base, making deep root penetration easy - perfect soil for growing grapes.
The Fairhall River-Brancott Valley has its own microclimate, with even cooler evenings and even warmer days than is typical. It is not unusual for a day/night temperature variation around 20C allowing the grapes to build brix levels during the day, yet with fruit acids being retained due to cooler nights over the long dry autumn ripening window.
Combining this with a lower rainfall than most parts, we can safely claim our piece of dirt is truly a sub-region within a sub-region, indicative of terrior reflected in single vineyard Marlborough wines already enjoying a world-renowned reputation for exceptional quality.
The Sauvignon Blanc grown includes Bordeaux clones, not widely grown in Marlborough but adding an interesting European structural element which when married with the Marlborough signature thiols, creates amazing flavour combination.
Vibrant aromas of lifted jasmine and citrus blossom are underpinned with a touch of gooseberry. This wine displays a clean, lively, fruit driven palate with hints of luscious florals and zesty citrus.
We recommend pairing it with South East Asian fare, with lots of lime and spice flavours.