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: “Very classic nose with inviting notes of white pepper and peach. Elegant palate with a lovely purity and lots of stone fruit characters, plus a nice minerality on the finish.”
‘2010 Sauvignon Blanc: Elegant, with a soft, juicy texture to the sophisticated honeydew melon, pear, kiwifruit, Meyer leon and nectarine flavours. Pretty floral details to the long finish. Drink now. 9,200 cases made.’ Wine Spectator, April 2011. 90pts