Maylands Farm Lamb
Maylands Farm is at Parawa on the top of the ridge of the Fleurieu Peninsula between 300 and 350 metres above the Great Southern Ocean visible eight kilometres in the South. Maylands Farm has views to the Page Islands and Kangaroo Island.
Receiving one metre of rain annually Maylands Farm is one of the coolest and wettest locations in South Australia.
The old remnant plateau at the highest points of the Fleurieu Peninsula is underlain by sandstone and ironstone, which has formed a sandy loam soil that is ideal for growing succulent pastures all year round. The gentle hills rolling away to the south from the main Fleurieu ridge line are intersected by valleys with spring fed running creeks, peat flats and the precious Fleurieu swamps with their unique flora and fauna.
The Croser family purchased this 600 hectares of farming paradise in 2003 after the takeover of their famous wine company Petaluma.
The previous owner had recruited Phillip Bellaney and Renee Diamond, the managers of the farm from Invercargill at the southern tip of New Zealand just before the sale. Phil and Renee share the Croser family passion for Maylands Farm. They bring with them to Maylands Farm a different farming culture of intensive management and shepherding of the flocks in a way that is foreign to large Australian sheep farms.
Maylands farm wast he first property in Australia to bring in the Tefrom breed which has been especially imported from New Zealand. This breed, which is very compact and quick growing and has exceptional lamb mothering ability.
“Sea air and grass fed” Maylands Farm lamb is grown to an exacting standard in the most natural way on this beautiful property. It featured on a recent episode of Sumptuous TV which can be viewed on a Youtube clip here
Brian Croser’s lifelong commitment to finding the right sites to make great wine from the noble grape varieties inevitably turned from curiosity about Maylands Farm’s potential, to the establishment of the Foggy Hill Pinot Noir Vineyard. The very cool climate, especially the cool day, warm night maritime regime at Parawa and the north facing ironstone slope provide the perfect “terroir” for Pinot Noir.
Maylands Farm lambs graze calmly alongside the garden perfect close spaced Foggy Hill Vineyard which is destined to be one of the most distinguished sites for Pinot Noir in Australia.
The first Tapanappa Foggy Hill Pinot Noir was released in early 2008.