500 bottles made. Incredible rare piece of vinous history from New Zealand's Riesing master Dr Andrew Hedley
With total production at just a few hundred half bottles this is truly a labor of love. Specific fully botrytis affected bunches are hand selected in sometimes dozens of passes through the vineyard. Even individual berry selection is employed a la the fruit at Chateau d'Yquem. Fermented in small neutral oak and 50L beer kegs. This wine just blows me away with concentration of flavor and the interplay of intense sweetness and remarkable acidity. Every time I taste it I can't help but think how can something so natural contain this much intensity? One drop of this golden nectar on your tongue will pervade every facet of your palate. At a fraction of the price of many of its German cousins and no perceivable difference in quality (to me at least) this is a steal.
The 2016 F-series Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese was from a single harvest in which only bunches with 100% botrytis were selected. This is (in Winemaker Andrew Hedley's words) “a hedonistic, fully botrytized style”. 310 gms/litre of residual sugar.
Lavish. Sumptuous. Opulent. Hedonistic. Insert your choice of decadent descriptor here. A fully botrytis-affected style of Riesling that doesn't hold back on the riches but expertly walks a well-judged line between sweetness and acidity.
BOB CAMPBELL MW
Very intense, unctuous dessert wine that is not at all cloying. Silken-smooth, masses of honey, with hints of caramel, spice and ripe apricot flavours. Layered and very complex. Beautiful now but should develop well.'
ANDREW GRAHAM - OZWINEREVIEW.COM
With 300g/L of residual sugar, we’re in luscious wine territory. But the joy here is that it’s not overdone. Honeysuckle, lime curd, white peach – the nose suggests plenty of botrytis, but it’s more citrus rather then the marmalade of Sauternes. It’s still very full, very generous and impossibly rich, like true Mosel TBA. Yet there’s a freshness on the finish – a cut and lift, even if it’s not quite piercing German acidity. You could slip this ina lineup of classic TBA and while it may look a little different, the form and class would be obvious. The balance is perfect too, so you don’t feel like you’re drinking liquid Fruit Tingles as a result. Deeply satisfying, unctuous Riesling and in TBA context, fairly priced too, this Framingham is a delight. A statement wine to remind that not all Aus/NZ dessert wines need be hard work. Best drinking: Good now and likely for at least a decade. '