2014 Framingham Pinot Noir Marlborough
Approx. 35% clone 5, 15% Abel, 7% 10/5, the remainder Dijon clones, the fruit from 45% Southern Valley hillside and 50% Southern Valleys flat sites, and 5% from the company’s ‘Conders Bend’ vineyard, vines around 10 y.o., partially indigenous yeast fermented to 13.5% alc. with 5% whole bunch, the wine spending 25 days on skins and aged 10 months in 20% new French oak barriques. Full and even, purple-hued ruby-red colour, lighter on edge, youthful in appearance. The nose is fresh and softly voluminous with primary aromas of ripe black cherries, along with raspberry liqueur and violetty perfumes, all harmoniously integrated. Medium-full bodied, bright, vibrant and lusciously juicy fruit flavours of dark raspberries and cherries are the feature on palate with a concentrated core. The succulent fruit is framed by fine-grained tannins and fresh, balancing and lively acidity providing vitality to the mouthfeel. The sweet fruit follows a strong and positive line to a fresh-fruited, concentrated and sustained finish with fine raspberry flavours. This is a bright and sweet, raspberry-fruited Pinot Noir with good structural support and acid vitality. Match with pork, lamb and Mediterranean-inspired fare over the next 4-5 years.
Light, fresh and reasonably flavoursome Pinot Noir, with gentle cherry and plum flavours, a dash of herbs and a seasoning of subtle spicy oak. Attractive varietal wine that's well-priced. (4/5 stars)
It's beautifully expressed on the nose displaying red/dark cherry, floral, mushroom and cedar notes. The palate is equalling attractive with excellent fruit intensity, backed by silky texture and fine tannins. Youthful fruit flavours are beautifully complemented by subtle savoury complexity.
Beautifully poised Pinot Noir with lovely floral highlights spiced red berry fruits, loamy earthy accents and satin texture. I admire the purity and elegance of this wine without sacrificing depth of flavor and length. Working direct with the team at Framingham means we can get this fantastic Pinot to you under $20. It's a seriously well made wine for that price and is sure to enthrall many Pinot enthusiasts. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer)