Framingham 2013 Sensational Sweet Wines


Framingham Wines must be one of the strongest contenders for the title of the finest sweet wine producer in New Zealand, based on a consistent run of botrytised wines as well as a full and broad range of styles made when the conditions allow. The Noble Riesling is produced more often than the other sweet wines, the making of which are more subject to serendipitous conditions and the vagaries of nature. A fantastic collection of sweeter Riesling wines was released in 2011, ranging from Kabinett style right through to Trockenbeerenauslese according to the German pradikat system, and included the ‘Vendange Tardive’ and ‘SGN’ styles (click here to see my review). A strong range was also released in 2012 (click here to see my review). An ever-thoughtful winemaker, Andrew Hedley has a special touch with Riesling and especially with fruit affected by botrytis, achieving a remarkable balance of fruit, sugar, acidity, flavour and phenolics in the wines. Here, I review a selection of his 2013 sweet wines. They are consistent in quality with the previous two releases, and stylistically similar to the 2011s, and their character and individuality especially apparent on bouquet. I am especially impressed with their harmony and integration of fruit with botrytis. These are superb wines.


  • Framingham Marlborough Noble Riesling 2013
  • Framingham ‘F-Series’ Marlborough Riesling Auslese 2013
  • Framingham ‘F-Series’ Marlborough Gewurztraminer Vendange Tardive 2013
  • Framingham ‘F-Series’ Marlborough Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese 2013

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