Framingham Classic Riesling 2020
"The medley of citrus whirls about on the nose and palate, finishing with a touch of grapefruit-pith bitterness." eRobertParker.com
Framingham's Classic Riesling is the estate's signature varietal - a medium-bodied, complex Riesling with citrus fruits balanced by notes of smoke and rock. A class act.
The Riesling yields from small parcels from long-established vines (some of the oldest Riesling in the country) that have created a wonderful medley of fruit characteristics. The vineyards are located in the Marlborough region, and ach parcel was hand-picked and bunch pressed. The wine was aged on its lees for around eight months where it gained great complexity.
The estate was originally established in 1994 by Rex Brooke-Taylor and is named after his ancestral home in Norfolk, England. Framingham was later taken on by English born Dr Andrew Hedley (armed with a PhD in chemistry) and his wife Debra. Since then, Hedley has not only overcome cancer but succeeded in making some of Marlborough's finest wines, being particularly renowned for their Rieslings (planted in 1981). Framingham is now owned by the Portuguese company Sogrape. Yields are carefully controlled and Framingham is now farmed organically.
"The lemon-lime-scented Classic Riesling is described as "Spätlese halbtrocken" in style, which would normally put it around 10-13 grams per liter of residual sugar. At a medium-bodied 12% alcohol, that's riper than a Mosel wine would be, but it's not as powerful as you might find from the Rhinegau or Pfalz. The medley of citrus whirls about on the nose and palate, finishing with a touch of grapefruit-pith bitterness". robertparker.com
89 Points - robertparker.com
Meyer lemon to mandarin orange. The result is as deliciously complex as you'd hope, with aromatics reminiscent of mandarin and cream, stonefruit and hints of smoke and rock. A vibrantly intense and focused palate displays orange, nectarine and cream flavours, with a good line of juicy acidity.