Framingham, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

£16.50
Framingham, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Top class Sauvignon from some of the oldest vineyards in Marlborough. 

Specifications

Country, Region
New Zealand, Marlborough
Grape
Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage
2021
ABV
13%
Food friend
White meat and fish

Additional Details

Tasting Notes

This Sauvignon Blanc has smoky aromatics, with flint, bitter lemon citrus, grapefruit and tropical hints. The palate is rich, slightly chewy, with good mouthfeel, texture and harmony. Flavours of yellow citrus, currant, papaya and sweet herbs carry through the finish.

Producer details

The Framingham label was launched in 1994 with one Riesling, and has since expanded to include Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. Framingham produces wines from their 19.5 hectare estate vineyard (certified organic since 2014) and other selected sites. Their Riesling vines, planted in 1981, are among the oldest in Marlborough. Andrew Brown joined Framingham as head winemaker in January 2020, replacing Dr Andrew Hedley, who resigned from his role after 18 years at the helm. A highly regarded winemaker, Brown previously spent seven years at Framingham as assistant winemaker and understudy to Andrew Hedley before working as consultant in regions including Oregon, Central Otago and Alsace. Last year, one of Brown's Rieslings won the Champion Riesling Trophy at the New Zealand International Wine Show; a fitting accolade from someone taking the reins at Framingham, who have always been renowned for their Rieslings.

In the vineyard

Fruit for the Sauvignon Blanc was sourced from seven different sites, including the Framingham estate vineyard, in the Conders Bend, Renwick, Dry Hills and Rapaura sub-regions. The various soil types, including stony old river bed, clay and silty loam, all contribute different elements to the blend.

In the winery

Each parcel of fruit was kept separate in the winery. Juices were predominately fermented in stainless-steel tanks using several different treatments, however 11% of the final wine was fermented in oak and acacia puncheons and barrels. A small component of 5% was fermented on skins. Around 35% of the blend was aged on full ferment lees for six months, the remainder on light lees.

Awards

The Enthusiast 100: Our Top Wines of 2020 93 Points: This Sauvignon sees a bit of skin contact and a short time in oak. The result is a highly aromatic nose that's unmistakably Marlborough but with individuality. There are aromas of gooseberry, pineapple rind, lime, black currant, and grass, with a flicker of toasty oak at the back. The mouthfeel deftly balances a creamy texture with zippy acidity. There's fresh lime and a saline edge to the finish. A food-friendly bottling, this could handle a wide range of richer dishes. Christina Pickard

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