In 1986, David and Sue Fairlie – Cuninghame purchased a 50-ha property just east of Mudgee township. It was a weekend retreat and the main occupation was (and remains) fattening steers. But wine was in their blood: both were founding members of the Rothbury Estate and Sue was for many years influential in wine and food media. "I was influenced by leading winemakers from all over the world, but not one of them ever told me what bloody back breaking work it is, the discipline required and how dodgy the returns”.
So it was in 1998 that they planted a shiraz vineyard on their property, using 6 of the principal clones. The name was chosen because of the uncontrollable vigour of the vines, itself a legacy of the time that a sheep camp had existed where the vines were
- James Halliday,
The Wine Companion