Fairhall Downs, Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2020

£18.00 (75cl)

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Fruit was harvested at optimum ripeness for flavour profile desired. Juice was clarified following traditional cold settling and racking before being inoculated with selected yeast strains for complexity. A cool fermentation in stainless steel tanks allowed the fruit aromatics to be preserved. A small portion was fermented in mature french oak barrels, to bring texture and mouthfeel to this unique wine.

Tasting note

Punchy pink grapefruit aromas with notes of passion fruit and lime in the background. Beautiful freshness on the palate, concentrated fruit and great acidity well balanced by a rich weighty palate from the barrel fermented components. The wine has a great length and a vibrant, zesty lime finish.

About the producer

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 released under the Fairhall Down’s brand in 1996.
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 20oC 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. 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.

Regions Vintage Report:

The 2020 vintage season started with a "growthy" spring leading into a very dry summer with growing degree days well above average. A hot February meant fruit had a great start to ripening. Fruit continued to ripen in ideal conditions that continued into March with no rainfall, cool nights and warm days. The perfect weather conditions led to easy vine management. A brilliant vintage one 'out of the box'.