2013 Framingham "Classic" Riesling Marlborough (Off Dry)

SKU #1228436 95 points Bob Campbell

 Full-flavoured Riesling with lime/citrus, orange blossom, apricot, mineral and delicate nut and toast flavours. Subtle sweetness is balanced by deliciously fruity acidity to give the wine an exquisite tension and energy.

93-94 points Raymond Chan

 Brilliant, light golden-hued straw-yellow colour with some depth, lighter on rim. The nose is soft and voluminous with a refined array of beautifully and harmoniously interwoven aromas of lime fruit with yellow florals and honey, along with some toasty secondary complexities. Medium in sweetness, the palate is gently rich and luscious with flavours of ripe citrus fruits and exotic florals, along with honey and toast that build in decadence and palate weight. The fruit extract forms a deep core which flows with good drive and underlying acid energy. The palate has a fine, dry phenolic thread that balances the sweetness, leading to a long, harmoniously poised, sustained finish. This is a delicately rich and lush medium-sweet Riesling with some secondary toasty complexity. Serve as an aperitif and with mildly spiced Asian cuisine over the next 4-5+ years. A wine in the Spatlese Halbtrocken style, the fruit late picked without botrytis influence, cool-fermented to 12.0% alc. and 17 g/L RS, TA 7.5 g/L and pH 2.95.

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* Framingham is one of New Zealand’s top Riesling producers, so it’s good to see this bottling again here in the States. It opens with hints of wet stone and moss, then proves more generous on the palate, adding notes of apple, citrus and honey. For a wine that’s described as “off dry,” it tastes pretty dry on the lingering finish.  (12/2015)

17 points Jancis Robinson

 Smoky, pungent nose. Lovely rich spread of classic Riesling aromas. So direct, fresh and breezy! This could already be enjoyed now. It tastes light as air, as though it had less than 12% alcohol and is just off bone dry - sort of dry Kabinett style. Such precision. Any Riesling lover would be impressed by this.  (7/2015)

Wine Spectator

 Vibrant peach and nectarine flavors are succulent and juicy, with plenty of spice and floral overtones. Brewed-tea notes come in on the finish. (Web-2015)

K&L Notes

Trophy for "Best White Wine" SF International Wine Competition 2015 - Double Gold Medal (Unanimous Gold awarded by all judges). K&L USA Exclusive Direct Import!!!

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By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/8/2016 | Send Email
This wine is worth the hype. Just flat out delicious Riesling. Not complex but with super clean fruit, fresh acidity, an Eskimo kiss of sweetness and a lingering finish the bottle is empty before you realize it!

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/7/2015 | Send Email
Much to the annoyance of some of our competitors this K&L exclusive, direct import wine from Framingham won BEST WHITE WINE of Show at the San Francisco International Wine Competition. It also picked up a DOUBLE GOLD (something that is only awarded when every judge unanimously gives the wine a Gold Medal rating). Thankfully here at K&L we have long been fans of Andrew's stunning Framingham Rieslings and managed to load up on some of this beauty. Framingham makes at least half a dozen style of Riesling any given vintage from bone dry to an unctuously sweet 100% botrytis affected TBA. The 2013 Framingham "Classic" Riesling is a slightly off-dry style, inspired by a Mosel Kabinett. It has racy, citrus acidity, lovely mineral tones, zesty palate presence and a mouth watering, moreish finish. There is such great balance and composition to this wine it's almost impossible not to love...it hits every taste bud in the mouth dancing from sweet to sour, saline and mineral. Fantastic wine truly worthy of the huge praise showered upon it from the worlds critics.
Top Value! Drink from 2015 to 2020

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Riesling

- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.
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New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.
Alcohol Content (%): 12
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