2015 Framingham: F-Series "Trockenbeerenauslese" Riesling Marlborough (375ml)

SKU #1228441 98 points Bob Campbell

 100% botrytis - bunch selection to pick the most botrytised bunches before the rest goes into Noble. Very sweet and hugely unctuous. Not cloying - perfectly balanced. Orange marmalade, honey, mineral, funk, strong citrus, anise spice. Lowest level of sweetness for a while makes it slightly more drinkable than usual.

94 points Raymond Chan

 Hand-picked fruit, a blend of 2 Auslese picks, bunches from the ‘Front Block’ old vines with 100% botrytis affected, raisined berries, net Brix° 40.2, Fermented 60% in stainless-steel kegs and 40% old wood to 9.1% alc. and 263 g/L RS. Bright, light golden-yellow colour with some depth, lighter edged. This has a slender and elegantly concentrated nose with deeply packed, ripe citrus and tropical fruits integrated with savoury marmalade, wild honey and musk aromas, lifted by a touch of volatility. Tangerine and honeycomb detail adds to the complexing detail. Very sweet to taste, the mouthfeel is decadently unctuous with plush, viscous textures suggestive of nectar. The palate features restrained flavours of tropical and citrus fruits, honey and marmalade, melded seamlessly with savoury musk and talc botrytis. This is very smooth flowing, the acidity mellow, enhancing the rounded mouthfeel and density. The wine flows gently to a densely concentrated, opulent and unctuous finish. This is a rich, unctuous and viscous-textured Trockenbeerenauslese style with restrained, but decadent flavours. Serve with steamed puddings, blue cheeses or instead of a liqueur over the next 6-8+ years. 483 bottles made. (375ml)

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- 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.

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.