Framingham, Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017

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  • Type:

    Red

  • Country:

    New Zealand

  • Region:

    Marlborough

  • ABV:

    13.50%

  • Grape:

    Pinot Noir

  • Grape Blend:

    Pinot Noir 100%

  • Winemaker:

    Dr Andrew Hedley�

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Framingham Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017 - Wine

Tasting Notes

In the glass, this wine has a bright garnet colour. The nose is complex with attractive savoury notes of smoked meats and spice, along with cherry fruit and herb and floral nuances. The rounded palate, revealing sour cherry fruit, is structured but balanced with tannins and juicy acidity. Summer fruit compote, hints of smoky oak and some whole bunch derived spice complete the picture.

Production Notes

Hand-picked bunches were gently destemmed into stainless steel open top fermenters in the winery; however some batches had whole bunch components of up to 20%. These musts were held cold for five to eight days to promote extraction. Plunging was carried out three times per day during fermentation (with both spontaneous and inoculated yeasts) and temperatures were allowed to peak at around 30 deg. Once fermentation was complete, wines were assessed daily for extraction and structure, and were pressed when this was deemed to be in balance. Some parcels, largely from the vineyards with more clay content, were left on skins longer to provide structure and some savoury elements. The wines underwent malolactic fermentation and 10 months maturation in a mixture of new and seasoned French barriques, approximately 20% of which were new. After maturation, the selected base wines were blended and bottled un-fined and un-filtered.

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Producer Profile

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.Winemaker Dr Andrew Hedley joined Framingham in 2001, bringing with him an obsession with, and a reputation for, making great Riesling. Jancis Robinson MW hails Andrew as "one of the most skilled practitioners of Riesling anywhere in the world". The Classic Riesling is made from hand-selected parcels, vinified separately, with a small component aged in neutral oak barrels. Made in a Beerenauslese style, the Noble Riesling has 185 grams of residual sugar and is a blend of six parcels of late harvest botrytised bunches. Framingham's Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is very different in style to the others on our list. This is due to a small percentage of the grapes undergoing fermentation on skins, part of the blend going through fermentation in oak and acacia barrels and the entire blend spending six months on lees in order to acquire extra layers of flavour and texture. Their hand-picked Pinot Gris, inspired by the wines of Alsace, is harvested later than their other varieties and spends seven months on its lees, which gives a wine that offers generous baked apple, quince and cream flavours. The Pinot Noir is blended from several base wines made from seven different Wairau Valley sites, including the estate vineyard. It is an elegant style with flavours of summer fruit compote and smoky oak. As wine writer Jamie Goode says, "Framingham's regular range offers some of New Zealand's best value for money."