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Framingham ‘F-Series’ 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Old Vine Riesling and Pinot Gris

21 June,2018

There are a number of facets to Framingham Wines that are not obvious to most consumers. Owned by the Portuguese SOGRAPE wine company, the world sees Framingham primarily as a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc producer. To the New Zealand wine consumer, Framingham is an archetype Marlborough producer with a broad range of varieties classic to the region. To the more keen enthusiast, Framingham is very highly regarded as a Riesling producer, arguably the country’s best. And to the keenest enthusiast, the company is notable for its innovative wines under the ‘F-Series’ range. Winemaker Andrew Hedley and his team have put considerable effort into the ‘F-Series’ wines to increase their sophistication, and the changes have been noticed by the critics and consumer alike. Stricter fruit selection, indigenous yeasts, appropriate skin contact, lees work and proper and adventurous barrelling have seen the ‘F-Series’ wines become more interesting. 2017 was a very challenging growing season in Marlborough, so the inputs have been toned down somewhat in the ‘F-Series’ wines to match the fruit. Here, I review the 2017 ‘F-Series’ Sauvignon Blanc, Old Vine Riesling and Pinot Gris. www.framingham.co.nz


Framingham ‘F-Series’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough


Bright, light golden-yellow colour with some depth, pale on the rim. The nose is softly full with aromas of gooseberries and green stonefruits, along with a complex array of yellow stonefruits and herbs, harmoniously melded with a soft layering of nutty lees that allow the fruit to feature. Medium-full bodied, the palate is gently full and rounded with mouthfilling flavours of green stonefruits, gooseberries, along with yellow stonefruits and herbal detail adding interest. The palate has presence and weight with a subtle richness and unctuousness, all balanced by fresh, crisp, poised acidity providing a mouthwatering palate. The flavours blossom to show nutty lees and carry to a gently full, but refreshing finish. This is a gently full and detailed Sauvignon Blanc with an array of stonefruit, gooseberry and herbal flavours on a palate with poise and presence. Serve with salads and vegetables, and Mediterranean fare over the next 2 years. Estate vineyard fruit, 15% given skin contact overnight, and fully indigenous yeast fermented in seasoned oak to 13.5% alc. and dryness and given 10 months on full lees, blended with 9% 2016 wine which spent 2 years on lees. 3,200 bottles made. 18.5+/20 Jun 2018 RRP $35.00

Framingham ‘F-Series’ ‘Old Vine’ Marlborough Riesling 2017

Riesling from New Zealand – Marlborough


Bright, pale golden, straw-yellow colour, a little lighter edged. The nose is elegantly presented with fine concentration and subtle penetrating aromas of lime fruit entwined with honeysuckle, yellow florals, some muskiness indicative of botrytis, unfolding soft herb and mineral nuances. This has a deep, aromatic core. Off-dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a rich hearty with well-packed flavours of lime fruit melded with honeysuckle, exotic florals and notes of musky botrytis, unfolding some refreshing herb and mineral nuances. The flavours are exotic and are enlivened by soft, lacy acidity, and the wine flows easily along a very fine, near seamless palate line, leading to a long finish of lime, honeysuckle and musk. This is an exotic, well-balanced off-dry Riesling with lime fruit, honey, exotic and musky florals and a concentrated heart. Match with Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine over the next 4+ years. Estate fruit from vines planted 1981, all indigenous yeast fermented, 80% in stainless-steel barrels and 20% in seasoned wood to 13.0% alc. and 7 g/L RS, TA 6.5 g/L and pH 3.2, the wine spending 9 months on full lees. 3,999 bottles made. 19.0-/20 Jun 2018 RRP $45.00

Framingham ‘F-Series’ Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Marlborough


Brilliant, even, light golden-hued straw-yellow colour, a little pale edged. The nose is soft and gently packed with a concentrated and rounded nose of ripe yellow stonefruits, exotic florals and pear fruit with honeysuckle. The aromatics are initially a little restrained, but open up to show plenty of detail and interest. Medium in sweetness and medium-bodied, the palate has a tight, but rounded heart of ripe yellow stonefruits entwined with honeysuckle, exotic florals and tropical fruits. The palate has firmness and drive, and flows along a smooth line with soft underlying acidity, and carries to a rich, near-opulent finish. This is a rich, near opulent medium Pinot Gris with a rounded core of ripe stonefruit, pears, honeysuckle and exotic florals with a good palate line. Serve with Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 3-4 years. Estate fruit, Barrie clone, picked clean with no botrytis, WBP and fully indigenous yeast fermented in acacia wood puncheons to 12.5% alc. and approx. 25 g/L RS, the wine aged 9 months on full lees. 850 bottles made. 19.0/20 Jun 2018 RRP $35.00

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