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Fairhall Downs Sauvignon Blanc 1997

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand
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    Winemaker Notes

    The quintessential Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc - scented, aromatic and richly flavored abounding on the nose with red currents, limes, cloves and violets. A beautifully balanced wine the palate of which shows a refreshing acidity, delicious ripe tropical fruitiness and a lasting finish. A very pretty Sauvignon Blanc with immense drinking appeal - enjoy!

    Alcohol: 13.8% by volume

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    Fairhall Downs

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    Fairhall Downs, , New Zealand
    Fairhall Downs
    Fairhall Downs Estate is located at Wrekin Road at the head of Marlborough's Brancott Valley. The site is elevated and North facing with light to medium free draining soils providing the ideal combination for growing premium quality wine grapes. The vineyard area totals 80 acres comprising Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir varietals.

    The current Fairhall Downs wine production is tailored to meet market demands and has the flexibility to be increased at any stage should new markets eventuate.

    The theme chosen for the Fairhall Downs label is the silhouetted hills in the late afternoon sun which form a stunning backdrop to the family owned vineyard.

    The first wine released was Fairhall Downs 1996 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, which achieved immediate success being awarded a Gold medal and Trophy for Champion Sauvignon Blanc in the Perth Royal Wine Show. Following this, Fairhall Downs Sauvignon Blanc has won gold medals and trophies for the 1997, 1998 and 1999 vintages.

    Fairhall Downs will produce 10,000 cases of wine from the 2000 vintage.

    Other plans for the year 2000 include a cellar door and offices, which will be built on the vineyard site in Marlborough's Brancott valley.

    Fairhall Downs emphasises commitment to achieving consistent quality in producing premium varietal wines. This includes the consistency of each varietal wine style from vintage to vintage. This is achieved in the vineyard through restricted cropping and meticulous attention to sustainable viticultural practices combined with the skill of the winemaker.


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    Bordeaux Blends

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    One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington, and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde river, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

    In the Glass

    Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux can be bold and fruit-forward or restrained and earthy, while New World facsimiles tend to emulate the former style. In general, Bordeaux red blends can have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

    Perfect Pairings

    Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful, and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb, or smoked duck.

    Sommelier Secret

    While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, or virtually any other grape deemed worthy by the winemaker. In Australia, Shiraz is a common component.

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