FRAMINGHAM Vineyards, Marlborough
Framingham is a quality-driven boutique producer located in Marlborough. Winemaker, Dr. Andrew Hedley has been lauded by influential critics like Jancis Robinson for his mastery of the aromatic varietals, Riesling in particular. One of the really exciting things about Framingham is that they are increasingly experimental and less interventionist in their approach, and are making more terroir and vintage-expressive wines every year.
The success of recent vintages of the Sauvignon Blanc may be attributable to this less interventionist approach, and the style is diverging from the raft of one-dimensional, identikit Sauvignons that have become ubiquitous over the last ten years. In a recent Decanter Magazine tasting, Framingham’s Sauvignon Blanc won Christelle Guibert’s top spot for New Zealand Sauvignon.
F-Series refers to a special project of micro-bottlings that winemaker Andrew Hedley has created.
The F-S Old Vine Riesling is from the old vines at the back of the winery, left to hang a bit longer than everything else and hand-picked as the vines were closing down with little botrytis. Only the free run juice is used, and this is a pretty natural wine, wild-fermented before racking. Lees-stirring on full lees for 10 months and a partial malo add a creamy, honeycomb note and fill out the palate. A really intense, complex wine which needs food. In Germany this would be classed as a dry wine at 9 g/l residual sugar.