Framingham 2016 Sauvignon Blanc and F-Series Old Vine Riesling

31-Mar-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

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Framingham Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Framingham ‘F-Series’ ‘Old Vine’ Marlborough Riesling 2016

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