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.
Bright, deep garnet in colour. Generous bouquet with red cherry, cranberry and summer fruit compote notes. Some attractive savoury, “smoky bacon” complexity with hints of spice. Concentrated, fleshy palate with fine, silky tannins that are immediately approachable. Rich, savoury meat and game flavours over red cherry, raspberry and cranberry fruit, contrasting nicely with supporting charry oak. Hints of smoke, mushroom and mineral provide some complexity. Fine acid balance promotes a long juicy, finish.