2014 Framingham Pinot Noir Marlborough

SKU #1228437 93-94 points Raymond Chan

 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.

90 points Bob Campbell

 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)  (9/2015)

90 points Sam Kim

 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.

K&L Notes

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)

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/3/2015 | Send Email
Though Framingham is well known for their phenomenal Rieslings, this Pinot Noir is juicy, fresh, purely red fruited, effortlessly balanced and delightful. That is not to say that it's simple, just that it's a complete, well made wine that also happens to be quite "smashable" (kiwi for something you want to drink quickly, in copious quantities!) Under $20, smashable Pinot this good is a no brainer.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/2/2015 | Send Email
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Offering so much depth for a $20 Pinot. This wine is sourced from vineyards in Marlborough's Southern Valleys where clay rich soils are perfect for this varietal. The wine has a lovely balance of fruit and savoury nuances. Briary, brambly fruits, with leaf litter, dark spices, earth and a whiff of oak. Very complete Pinot with layers and complexity well beyond its price point thanks to our direct import relationship.
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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

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 (%): 13