2014 Framingham: F-Series "Old Vine" Riesling Marlborough (Dry)

SKU #1228439 95 points Bob Campbell

 Intensely flavoured Riesling, with strong mineral and lime flavours plus a subtle influence of white rose. A barely discernible hint of sweetness is nicely balanced by a pleasing cut of fruity acidity. Lovely wine with cellaring potential.

93-94 points Raymond Chan

 Brilliant straw-yellow colour with lemon-green hues, paler on edge. The nose is very fresh, tightly bound and intensely penetrating with beautifully pure aromas of white florals, lime and lemon fruit, and steely, thirst-quenching mineral and flinty notes. The florals prevail and the nose reveals honeysuckle nuances with aeration. Dry to taste and light-medium bodied, the clarity, purity and focus of the floral, lime, lemon and honeysuckle nuanced flavours is the feature. The fruit is rich and balanced by crisp, racy and steely acidity, enabling delicate flint and mineral elements to emerge. The palate follows a very fine line with phenolic detail carrying the wine to a lively, mouth-wateringly dry, steely finish with mineral and honeysuckle nuances. This is a crisp, steely dry Riesling with beautiful clarity of floral, citrus and minerally flavours. Serve as an aperitif and with seafood over the next 5-6 years. Hand-picked fruit from the front old vines given long hang time, with no botrytis, 25% destemmed and given 6 hours skin contact and indigenous yeast fermented in stainless-steel barrels with 20% in seasoned wood to 12.2% alc. and 8.5 g/L RS, TA 7 g/L and pH 3.07, the wine aged 10 months on lees. 2,533 bottles made.

Jancis Robinson

 Floral, expressive nose with ripe lime and lemon fruit with a juicy but not at all over-sweet finish. Rounded. (RH)  (10/2015)

K&L Notes

From the 1981 parcel of vines on this organically farmed estate. The "F-Series" range is where winemaker Andrew Hedley likes to experiment on small parcels of special fruit with innovative winemaking techniques. This wine is made from carefully hand selected fruit, most whole cluster pressed, but around 25% destemmed and allowed 6 hours of skin contact. Fermented fairly warm with wild yeast in small stainless steel barrels to exaggerate lees contact. Around 25 % also sees some time in neutral French oak. The wine rests 10 months on the lees for texture and savory complexity. The wine is defined by white floral notes, powdery flowers, Jasmine, Honeysuckle, juicy citrus, abundant riverstone minerals. Dry, but with rich, round texture, fresh acidity but nothing austere; very well balanced and complex Riesling, a must try for any enthusiast of the varietal. (Ryan Woodhouse - NZ Wine Buyer).

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By: Nicole Osmanski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/2/2015 | Send Email
Framingham's F-Series Old Vine Riesling comes from organically farmed 35 year-old, estate-grown vines. This is an elegant Riesling in every sense of the word - lean and delicate with a heady bouquet of orange blossom, lime skin, and mineral. Aged on the lees for 11 months, it hints at richer notes of ripe pear and acacia honey, but stays svelte and fresh thanks to its acidity. This is a really lovely bottle of wine at an incredible price.

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 12