Framingham Sauvignon Blanc 2018/19
"Rich, weighty sauvignon blanc with toast, ginger, grapefruit, melon, tree fruits and subtle passionfruit flavours." Bob Campbell MW
Framingham's is a complex, textured Sauvignon Blanc style with smokey/toasty characters balanced by lovely chewy fruit.
Fruit for the Sauvignon yields from seven different sites, including the Framingham estate vineyard, located in the Conders Bend, Renwick, Dry Hills and Rapaura sub-regions of Marlborough. Each parcel of fruit was kept separate in the winery and 35% of the blend was aged on full ferment lees for 6 months, the remainder on light lees.
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.
"Rich, weighty sauvignon blanc with toast, ginger, grapefruit, melon, tree fruits and subtle passionfruit flavours. Lots of lees work added texture and complexity. The wine retains varietal character, although it is moderately subdued." Bob Campbell MW
SILVER MEDAL - International Wine & Spirit Competition 2018
4 STARS & TOP 2017 SAUVIGNON BLANC (ranked No.7 out of 105 wines) - Bob Campbell MW Wine Reviews
18.5/20 POINTS - Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, Dec 2017
4 STARS (Excellent) - Michael Cooper Buyer's Guide to NZ Wines
93 Points - Bob Campbell MW
Smoky aromatics with flint, bitter lemon citrus, grapefruit and tropical hints. The palate is rich and slightly chewy, with good mouthfeel, texture and harmony. Flavours of yellow citrus, currant, papaya and sweet herbs carry through the finish.