2014 Framingham Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vivid passion fruit, lemon and green apple flavors are mouthwatering and juicy on a light, smooth body.
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)