More wines from the 25th Anniversary New Zealand Wine Tasting at Lords, these from Framingham Wines in Marlborough. The company name is taken from the village of Framingham, Norfolk in the UK. This small village was the ancestral home of the Company’s founder, Rex Brooke-Taylor. The first wine made under the Framingham label, a Riesling, was released in 1994. The vineyards however date back to the early 1980’s where Rex Brooke-Taylor first started planting the river bed soils of the Estate just outside Renwick. Varietals from Framingham cover Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and Pinot Noir. I managed to try three whites at the tasting.
Wine Tasting Note Framingham Dry Riesling, 2004, Marlborough, New Zealand.
The only Riesling sampled at the tasting that displayed that elusive and haunting kerosene aroma. Lime and a mineral, steely edge to the palate. Finishes in a long, dry finish. Held more interests and complexity than many other punchy, lime dominated Rieslings.
Scribblings Rating – 88/100
Wine Tasting Note: Framingham Pinot Gris
, 2004, Marlborough, New Zealand.
A delicious weighty rendition. Pears, apples and a hint of citrus, an Alsace-like touch of spice and musk. Excellent balanced. Rounded and a small level of sweetness on the finish. Scribblings Rating – 90/100
Wine Tasting Note Framingham Gewürztraminer, 2004, Marlborough, New Zealand.
Not an overly flowery nose but layers of ginger and spice play on the nose. A distinct touch of sweetness which adds to the rich texture. Apricot and lychee. Lovely weight and a delicious chocolatly finish. Alcohol 14.5%.
Scribblings Rating – 92/100
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