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.
Framingham’s Pinot Noir is made in a forward and light, feminine style. The nose is generous, with black cherry and summer fruit compote notes. Some attractive savoury, “smoky bacon” complexity with hints of spice. Concentrated, fleshy palate with fine, silky tannins that are immediately approachable. Rich, savoury meat and game flavours over cherry and plum fruit, contrasting nicely with supporting charry oak. Hints of smoke, mushroom and mineral provide some complexity. Fine acid balance promotes a long juicy, finish.
‘Afloral, waxy lily character on nose. Charming with further cherry, spice, dried herbs, summer berries and sandalwood aromas. Soft in the mouth with power and delicacy plus a warm, savoury finish.’ Decanter top scoring New Zealand Pinot Noir – 90+ pts/100