New Zealand has long attracted adventurers, men and women who see the promise in new landscapes. The Browns from Scotland were just such people and in 1980 the family travelled from the other side of the world to establish a new vineyard on the rocky soils beneath Marlborough’s mountains. They named it Cairnbrae in honour not only of their Scottish heritage, but also their new homeland – Cairnbrae, loosely, means ‘rocky hillside’.After two decades dedicated to growing the finest Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, the Browns moved on to new endeavours, passing the baton on to a fresh adventurer, David Mason, one of the founders of the acclaimed Sacred Hill vineyards. Invigorated by the award-winning winemaking team at Sacred Hill, Cairnbrae was relaunched to the world. The resulting wines were outstanding – and retained the Cairnbrae name in honour of those early Marlborough pioneers.
Today, in a delightful twist of fate, Cairnbrae has another Brown on the team (surprisingly, no relation to the original family). Christie Brown is the winemaker, earning many accolades for her Cairnbrae Marlborough wines. She selects the best fruit from the finest vineyard blocks to craft memorable wines that evoke their landscape: pristine, beautiful and quietly commanding respect. [Excerpted from Cairnbrae website] Check with Siema office for current vintages.
Lifted citrus blosson floral notes with ripe tropical aromas mingling with lemongrass and guava nuances. Intense and mouthfilling with searing depth of flavour. Ripe fruit salad tropical notes abound with textural depth and incredibly long finish. The overall effect is rich and seamless purity and power.
From grapes grown on premium vineyard sites in the heart of Marlborough, New Zealand, Cairnbrae’s Pinot Noir exudes the classic ripe fruit flavours so characteristic of this famous region. Plum, cherry and blueberry fruit notes support a warm earth and spicy complexity.