The original vineyard was established by Wellington engineer Rex Brooke-Taylor who took the name Framingham from his ancestral home town near Norwich, England. Our initial releases were produced using other wineries’ facilities. First planted in 1981 with what is now amongst the oldest Riesling vines in Marlborough, our Wairau Valley vineyard is based on warm, well drained stony soils. We take a low impact approach to vineyard management with a lot of hand work and a strong environmental focus avoiding systemic chemicals and planting flowers to encourage biodiversity. Accredited as a sustainable vineyard and winery under the Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand program, we are currently in conversion to organic viticulture – further minimising our impact on the land and bringing things back into balance. Our Framingham range has grown with a strong tradition of winemaking for balance, texture and complexity. Today we are a family-owned Sogrape company.
Brilliant light golden yellow colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. The bouquet is elegantly concentrated with rich and opulently ripe aromas of lime fruit and exotic florals entwined with honied notes. The core unveils talc botrytis with complexing savoury yellow florals and nutty and mineral suggestions. Very sweet and luscious to taste, and light-bodied, opulent and plush flavours of ripe citrus fruits are interwoven with gentle marmalade and honied notes. The botrytis flavours support and add a layer of interest to the fruit. The sweetness and richness of the wine and its subtle unctuousness is balanced by fine acid cut and a dry, phenolic textural thread, and the wine flows with good drive and linearity to a softly rich finish of honey, marmalade and musk. This is a rich and lusciously opulent sweet Riesling with ripe citrus fruit complexed by a layer of musk botrytis and carried by fine textures.