Framingham ‘F-Series’ Marlborough Riesling Spatlese 2012

Riesling from New Zealand - Marlborough
Review Date : 10-Feb-2013
Bright straw-yellow colour. This has a very elegant, tight and intense nose with finely presented aromas of luscious limes and honeysuckle, very much in the late-harvest style, the bouquet complexed by delicate mineral and slate-like notes. Medium-sweet to taste, this has attractive, slightly funky flavours of honeysuckle, florals and citrus fruits, with a palate poised between lusciousness and a steely raciness. Crisp acidity and a faint textural line carry through to a very long and nuanced finish. This is a refined and poised medium sweet Riesling, very much in the Germanic spatlese style. Some wild yeast ferment with 40% in old barrels, 8.6% alc. and around 64 g/L rs. 18.5-/20  Feb 2013 Hand-picked fruit with no botrytis, blended from two picks. ‘Front' of winery portion 40%, indigenous yeast fermented in old oak, ‘Back' of winery portion 60%, stainless-steel fermented, 8.9% alc., 58 g/L rs. Bright straw-yellow colour with hints of gold, pale on rim. The bouquet is softly full and open with pure aromas of limes and citrus fruits with complex notes of dry minerals and flinty-earth elements. Medium-sweet, concentrated flavours of limes and minerals form a finely-textured palate line with excellent drive. The acidity is soft, providing a gentle elegance and sufficient poise, and the wine flows with good presence to a dry, but softly rich finish. This is a Germanic styled, medium Riesling with soft textures. Serve as an aperitif, or match with Asian cuisine over the next 4-5+ years. 440 bottles made. 18.5-/20 Nov 2012 RRP $35.00

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