2014 Framingham Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

SKU #1228438 92 points Bob Campbell

 Tangy Sauvignon Blanc with a mix of ripe passion fruit and guava with less ripe grapefruit and green capsicum characters. There is also a suggestion of nutty lees characters. Quite a richly textured wine thanks in part to a barrel fermented component.  (11/2014)

92 points Raymond Chan

 Fruit from 8 different sites in the Wairau Valley, including North Bank, Southern Valleys, Lower Wairau, Conder’s Bend as well as a southerly site near the Awatere, given limited skin contact and fermented in stainless-steel with 7% in barrel to 13.0% alc. and 3.5 g/L RS, the wine aged 3 months on lees and the barrel portion undergoing batonnage and partial MLF. Brilliant straw-yellow colour with light green hues. The nose has a softly concentrated core with restrained aromas of gooseberry fruit with capsicums, cut grass and soft floral lift. Delicate mineral and flinty nuances unfold with aeration. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, a soft core of ripe gooseberry fruit is entwined with passionfruit, capsicum, cut grass and fresh herb detail, forming an array and spread of flavour detail. The mouthfeel is soft and fine textured with mellow acidity, the palate showing good balance. This has a stylish weight and depth, and the wine carries effortlessly to a light finish. This is a softly concentrated and harmonious Sauvignon Blanc with a detailed array of flavours. Serve as an aperitif and with Pacific Rim and Asian fare over the next 2 years.

91 points Sam Kim

 It is beautifully ripe and fragrant on the nose displaying peach, mango, lime zest and subtle herbaceous aromas, leading to a succulent and rounded palate that shows excellent weight and texture. Lovely focus and length. At its best: now to 2018.

Wine Enthusiast

 This wine hits all the standard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc notes: ripe notes of fig and melon joined by cut grass and citrus. It’s not overly concentrated, but it’s easy to drink and comes together harmoniously on the finish.  (9/2015)

Wine Spectator

 Vivid passion fruit, lemon and green apple flavors are mouthwatering and juicy on a light, smooth body.

K&L Notes

Really punchy, zesty Marlborough Savvy with a zippy acid line and great energy. Freshly peeled citrus, snapped snow pea, gooseberry and lime juice. Plenty of texture and weight on the palate from the barrel fermented portion (+/- 8%). A very well judged classic style with envigorating acidity and bold flavors. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/8/2016 | Send Email
A refreshing different take on Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. This is a cool, linear SB rather than luscious and round. Winter vs Summer, Glacial vs Tropical. The fruit is ripe but clean, reserved and precise focused by very crisp acidity. Brisk like earlier spring run off. This also shows off a good mineral component.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/2/2015 | Send Email
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Wow! Super juicy, quaffable Sauv Blanc with lovely texture and layered flavor. A nice interplay between snappy citrus and fresh cut herbs with riper components of passion fruit, kumquat and feijoa. Lovely broad, ripe texture on the palate...just makes you want to keep slurping away. Great Savvy.
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Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.

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.