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Framingham 2016 Sauvignon Blanc and F-Series Old Vine Riesling

31 March,2017
Owned by the Portuguese SOGRAPE wine producer since 2008, the focus of Framingham is on Sauvignon Blanc, the variety that New Zealand is so successful with. Winemakers Andrew Hedley and Veronica Williams, and viticulturist James Bowskill dedicate most of their efforts in producing classical Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, much of which SOGRAPE distributes to its clientele as part of their portfolio. The proving ground for many of the special techniques introduced into the regular Framingham label occurs with the making of the limited-release ‘F-Series’ wines, which utilise innovative approaches. Here, I review the 2016 Framingham Sauvignon Blanc which incorporates portions with indigenous yeast, barrel-fermentation, skin contact and fermentation on skins, these methods not normally used with the variety. I also review the 2016 ‘F-Series’ Old Vine Riesling which employs skin contact, indigenous yeasts and full lees contact, these techniques rarely seen used with Riesling in Australasia. The Old Vine Riesling has become a sought-after release with a near-cult status among many aficionados. www.framingham.co.nz

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Framingham Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

18/20
Bright pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, very light on the rim. The nose is tightly bound and slender in proportion, quite elegant, but with good intensity and detail, showing fresh gooseberry fruit with nuances of passionfruit, tropical fruits, unfolding herbal notes , white florals and thirst-quenching minerals. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has elegantly concentrated flavours of ripe gooseberry fruit entwined with nuances of passionfruit and herbs, along with florals and minerals. The palate is mouthwatering with crisp, zesty acidity, and the wine flows along a very fine, phenolic-threaded line leading to a tight, lingering, dry, thirst-quenching finish. This is an elegant but concentrated and intense Sauvignon Blanc with fine gooseberry and tropical fruit flavours with floral and mineral detail. Serve with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2+ years. Fruit from 12 sites in the Wairau Valley with 90% fermented in stainless-steel and 10% in puncheons and barriques, a small portion fermented on skins, with 5% indigenous yeasts to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 4-5 months on lees. 18.0/20 Mar 2017 RRP $21.00

Framingham ‘F-Series’ ‘Old Vine’ Marlborough Riesling 2016

Riesling from New Zealand – Marlborough

18.5+/20
Bright, light golden-hued straw-yellow colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is initially restrained but grows to show solid and well-concentrated core of lime fruit unfolding nuances of honeysuckle along with thirst-quenching wet-stone minerals. The aromatics become more voluminous with aeration. Dryish to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has intense and penetrating, rich flavours of lime fruit with an amalgam of honeysuckle and minerals. The palate has plenty of fruit extract and a fine phenolic texture, balanced by crisp, lively acidity providing linearity, power and drive. The wine carries to a dry, lingering finish of citrus fruits and mouthwatering minerals. This is a rich, powerfully penetrating dry Riesling with lime, honeysuckle and mineral flavours on a refreshing, textural palate. Serve as an aperitif, with seafood and white meat dishes over the next 5+ years. Fruit from the ‘Front Block’, vines 35 y.o., 50% given 6 hours skin contact, with full indigenous yeast ferment, 90% in stainless-steel barrel and 10% in seasoned oak to 13.5% alc. and 7.7 g/L RS, TA 7.2 g/L and pH 3.07, the wine aged 9 months on full ferment lees. 215 dozen made. 18.5+/20 Mar 2017 RRP $45.00
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