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