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.
A deliciously balanced old-world style, the bouquet has concentrated lime fruit with hints of honeysuckle and stony minerality. The palate is intense with rich, balanced flavours of mandarin and ripe apple. Layered and complex, citrus fruits and wet slate continue throughout. Crisp, lively acidity carries through to the dry, lingering finish.