2015 Framingham F-Series "Old Vine Riesling" Marlborough (Dry)

SKU #1297199 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 One of New Zealand's top dry Rieslings, the 2015 F-Series Old Vine Riesling comes from the estate's oldest vines. It's fermented in a combination of stainless steel and neutral barrels and remains on lees for almost a year, giving it plenty of time to develop a creamy, rich mid-palate. The closest Old World analogue might be Alsace, as it does have some petrol/paraffin aromas, but it also has some peachy-ripe fruit and lingering citrus on the finish. (JC)  (2/2018)

Raymond Chan

 The ‘F-Series’ Old Vine Riesling which employs skin contact, indigenous yeasts and full lees contact, these techniques rarely seen used with Riesling in Australasia. The Old Vine Riesling has become a sought-after release with a near-cult status among many aficionados.

K&L Notes

In a few short years of our direct import relationship with Framingham this wine has become a huge favorite with our staff and you’ll have to beat them to it if you’d like a few bottles! Taken from the oldest block of vines (36 years old) on the organically certified estate, these parcels of fruit are hand selected, mostly whole cluster press, a smaller portion given extended skin contact, the juice is then spontaneously fermented in a combination of small stainless steel and neutral French oak barrels. The wine gets almost a full year on its lees to enhance texture and depth. The finished wine is dry, but texturally rich and broad. Floral notes, ripe citrus, a dash of stone fruit too. Intense riverstone minerals give a long lingering impression on the palate. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer)

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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