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.
F-S Riesling Auslese: ‘8.5% alcohol. Fine, lemony, grapey, melony aromatics. Real finesse. The palate is very sweet and richly textured, showing lovely balance and poise. Refined sweet lemon and melon fruit here. Nicely complex and subtly spicy. 94/100’ Jamie Goode,
‘Last week I came across the finest wine I have ever tasted from Marlborough, New Zealand. It wasn’t a Sauvignon Blanc, even though this region in the north of the South Island is popularly credited with being home to the modern idiom of this variety, and to fine examples of other aromatic white wines, and many a celebrated Pinot Noir.
It was made by sardonic Geordie Andrew Hedley and in a blind tasting it knocked the spots off a range of equivalent wines from the grape’s homeland.
The wine in question was Framingham, F Series Riesling Auslese 2011 Marlborough, tasted blind in a collection of other Riesling Auslesen from the starry German likes of J J Prüm, Zilliken, Heymann-Löwenstein, Ansgar Clüsserath and Georg Breuer.’ Jancis Robinson, Financial Times