Framingham ‘F-Series’ Marlborough Riesling Auslese 2014

Sweet Wine from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 26-Feb-2015
Hand-picked fruit from two picks, mostly back old vines and some from the front old vines, with up to 20% botrytis affected berries, at net 28.5° Brix. Fermented 70% in stainless-steel barrels, 30% in seasoned oak to 8.5% alc. and 144 g/L RS. Full, even, light golden-straw colour with some depth. This has a very finely proportioned and intense nose with lifted citrus fruits along with rich honeysuckle, exotic floral and saline notes. The aromatics are fresh and enhanced by restrained musk and talc-like botrytis background adding a degree of decadence to the steely fruit expression. Very sweet to taste and light-bodied, the flavours are tightly bound and restrained, showing a good core of citrus and honied fruit balanced by steely acidity and a saline element. Marmalade and talc botrytis complexities sit alongside the fruit, and the mouthfeel is lively with racy acid line, providing tension to the fine textures. As the wine flows, the palate softens, building in roundness and density, leading to a concentrated, lingering, medium-dry finish with citrus, honey and marmalade. This is a tight and elegantly concentrated sweet Riesling with citrus, steel and saline notes and exotic, honied botrytis layers. Serve with panna cotta, baked and fruit desserts over the next 7-9+ years. (375 ml) 598 bottles made. 18.5+/20 Feb 2015 RRP $40.00

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