Thursday, May 28, 2015

Wines of New Zealand: Framingham Wines

Built in 1997 and accredited as 100% sustainable by the Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand in 2009, Framingham Wines of Marlborough New Zealand produces Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir and Viognier.

Their vineyards were planted in 1981 and have amongst the oldest Riesling vines in the Marlborough region.

They are a boutique winery and craft small batch wines.  I had the opportunity to sample three of their wines at a recent Wines of New Zealand tasting.


2014 Framingham Sauvignon Blanc, Wairau Valley, Marlborough - 10% of this wine was fermented in oak barrels which tones down the acidic mouth feel.  Flavors of grapefruit, and passion fruit fill your palate.  Very nicely balanced and good mouth feel. SRP $19.99

2013 Framingham Classic Riesling, Marlborough - A nice balanced semi dry Riesling.  Layers of stone fruit, lemon and orange citrus. Slight hint of petrol.  This wine did spend 6 months in used French oak which created a softness on the palate.  SRP $24.99

2013 Framingham Pinot Noir Wairau Valley, Marlborough -  Aged 10 months in used French oak, this Pinot Noir showed dark red fruit throughout.  It had a little grassy minerality on the palate with hints of smoky oak that lead to a nice berry finish.  SRP $29.99
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