We are one of just a few Marlborough producers making 100% family estate-grown, single vineyard wines. We produce Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc wines.
 
 
 


FAIRHALL DOWNS MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2020 

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.

5 STARS - 94 POINTS SAM KIM  "Pristine and fabulously expressed, showing Granny Smith apple, nectarine, kaffir lime and subtle musky notes on the nose, leading to a concentrated palate displaying excellent focus and persistency. It's vibrant and wonderfully flavoursome with a lengthy delicious finish. At its best: now to 2023. www.wineorbit.co.nz

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FAIRHALL DOWNS SINGLE VINEYARD SAUVIGNON BLANC 2018 (SOLD OUT) 

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. Balanced, juicy and mouth filling, our 2018 Sauvignon Blanc has an added textural element from partial barrel fermentation. A pleasantly chalky, rich, citrusy finish lingers long on the palate

94/100 "Top Rank" - Bob Campbell MW  "Concentrated sauvignon blanc with grapefruit, guava, passionfruit, pineapple, toast and a hint of brioche flavours. Quite a complex and textural wine that has gained extra weight and richness from a portion of barrel fermented wine."

91/100 (4 1/2 stars) Sam Kim  “It is fresh and fragrant on the nose showing feijoa kiwifruit, green rockmelon and lime peel characters, leading to a juicy palate that is vibrant and mouth- watering. It is delightfully fruited and immediately appealing with classic sauvignon flavours. At its best: now to 2020."

4 1/2 Stars - Michael Cooper  "Estate-grown in the Brancott Valley, the youthful, full-bodied 2018 vintage (4.5*) was mostly handled in tanks; 4 per cent of the blend was wood- fermented. Bright, light lemon/green, it has concentrated, ripe, tropical fruit flavours to the fore, a herbaceous undercurrent, a touch of complexity and a crisp, dry (3.4 grams/litre residual sugar), sustained finish. Best drinking mid-2019+.”

4 Stars - Raymond Chan Wine Reviews  "Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is soft and elegant in expression with good depth and moderately concentrated aromas of pungent passionfruit entwined with fresh and dark herbs, unfolding some thirst-quenching chalky mineral notes. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has softly rich and layered flavours of pungent passionfruit entwined with tropical fruit, savoury stonefruits, fresh and dark herbs and mineral nuances. The fruit forms a rounded core and flows smoothly, with soft, lacy acidity providing cut and balance. The wine carries to a gentle, pungent finish. This is a softly rounded, passionfruity Sauvignon Blanc with a smooth-flowing palate and light acid freshness. Serve with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years."

Silver Medal New Zealand International Wine Show 2018

Silver Medal Marlborough Wine Show

 

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FAIRHALL DOWNS SINGLE VINEYARD SAUVIGNON BLANC 2016  - (SOLD OUT)

Vibrant fruit flavours that veer into citrus. Cool fermentation has revealed trademark fruit purity and oh so crisp and clean Sauvignon Blanc finish.

Gold Medal Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2016

5 Stars (94 Points) Sam Kim "From their estate vineyard in the Brancott Valley, this is a gorgeous sauvignon filled with ripe passionfruit, feijoa, nectarine and lime zest flavours. It is concentrated and succulent on the palate, and delivers waves of delicious flavours, wonderfully supported by fine texture and bright acidity. The wine is intense and punchy, while remaining balanced and friendly. At its best: now to 2019."

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FAIRHALL DOWNS SINGLE VINEYARD PINOT GRIS 2016 - (SOLD OUT)

Intensely floral aromas yield to nashi pear. Nectarine and spice flavours are layered with subtle oak and the extra complexity a partial barrel ferment brings.

Silver Medal Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2016

5 Stars (93 Points) Sam Kim "It is instantly appealing on the nose, displaying nectarine, poached pear and apple blossom characters with subtle spicy complexity. The palate is concentrated and impressively weighted, and delivers fabulous silky mouthfeel and texture, brilliantly enhanced by refreshing acidity. A very delicious offering from their single vineyard in the Brancott Valley. At its best: now to 2019."

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FAIRHALL DOWNS SINGLE VINEYARD CHARDONNAY 2016 (SOLD OUT)

Punchy powered and flinty edged. Melon and grapefruit interlaced with overt yet stylish oak influences that will evolve and reward patience.

91 Points Cameron Douglas "Toasty, creamy, fresh and soft bouquet of Chardonnay; aromas include yellow and white peaches, yellow and red apple, some stony mineral tones and dusty oak with a layer of wood smoke. On the palate – youthful, creamy, fruity and weighty – flavours reflect the bouquet, medium+ acidity and lengthy finish. Balanced and well made. Drink today and through 2022. "

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FAIRHALL DOWNS SINGLE VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2016 (SOLD OUT)

Ripe dark cherry and wild thyme lead in feisty bright fruit flavours balancing hints of smoke and toast – all to a satisfying depth. More than enough to demand extended contemplation..

Cameron Douglas "Ripe and generous bouquet with aromas of wood spice and toasty oak, raspberry and red cherry fruits, crushed stone and red florals. On the palate – juicy, fleshy, fruity and dry; oak flavours return quickly with toasty brown spices, medium+ acidity, fine tannins and balanced finish, moderate+ length. "

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FAIRHALL DOWNS SINGLE VINEYARD SAUVIGNON BLANC 2015 (SOLD OUT)

Our Sauvignon Blanc is a brilliant pale straw green colour with a fresh vibrant bouquet of citrus and tree fruits, mango passion tropical and fresh herb, a whisper of white florals and stony minerality. On the palate – crisp, dry, firm and fresh with plenty of backbone and flavours of fresh fruit, herbs and hint of crunchy bell-pepper.

4 Stars Michael Cooper Buyers Guide

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