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'Very pure, with honey from botrytis but still showing good varietal character with tropical and tree fruit flavours. Very long with a mouth-watering finish.'
99 Points - Bob Campbell
The German's have always had the sweet Riesling market cornered, especially when it comes to the decadent, rich and otherworldly botrytis affected grapes of the Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese styles. But then comes along Framingham wines, on the other side of the globe, in the little New Zealand hamlet of Marlborough, and their epic F-Series range. You would absolutely happily paid these wines up against the best that Germany can offer, and they would stand tall and proud, and would often even out muscle some of these more famous (and much more expensive) wines.
Framingham winemaker Andrew Hedley knows a thing or two about the German styles as well, having studied under the country's biggest names. The 220gms of sugar per litre, and 100% botrytised affected Beerenauslese is a killer. It's decadent. It's bright. It's rich, but it also has a core of Riesling quality to it, with the brisk acidity and coterie of flavours making this like nothing you will ever try anywhere else in the Southern Hemisphere. 99 Points Bob Campbell, and 95 Points Robert Parker. Just 650 bottles are made of this insane wine. Grab it now.
2017 was a 'difficult' vintage in Marlborough. Unprecedented amounts of precipitation through the growing and picking season meant that disease was an ever-present threat. Low crops on our 3 Riesling sections around the winery meant that fruit was soft (and therefore more susceptible to botrytis infection) quite early, so it was perhaps inevitable that we would have to use all of our experience of working with botrytis, gathered over the last 16 years or so, to make Riesling a success in 2017. It was also important that we hold our nerve and not be tempted into picking too early because of the weather, our aim is to always make wines with a degree of seriousness, depth, complexity and structure that cannot be achieved by using under-ripe grapes. In the end, 9 wines have been produced from the 2017 vintage, all except one incorporating some degree of botrytis to a greater or lesser extent.
Selective hand harvest on 27th April and 3rd May. Net Brix 36.1 (159 Ochsle). Blended from 3 Auslese picks, bunches selected 95% from the 'back' old vines and 5% from 'middle', with 100% botrytis affected, but not fully raisined berries - judging the degree of dehydration is critical. Fermented stainless barrels. Rich but 'rieslingy' heavily botrytis affected style with more extract/mouthfeel than Noble.
Alcohol - 9.0%
RS - 220 g/l
'Blended from three auslese picks with 100% botrytis but not fully-raisined berries. Fermented in stainless barrels. Only the third beerenauslese made by Framingham. Intensely aromatic riesling with great weight and intensity held together by a lovely line of acidity. Very pure, with honey from botrytis but still showing good varietal character with tropical and tree fruit flavours. Very long with a mouth-watering finish.'
99 Points - Bob Campbell
'A stupendous effort, the 2017 F Series Riesling Beerenauslese features gorgeous aromas and flavors of dried apricot and candied pineapple. It's incredibly sweet and rich (220 grams per liter residual sugar) yet balanced by a crisp edge of lime zest. I wouldn't hesitate to put it up against some top German competition. It should age well for a decade or two.'
95 Points - Joe Czerwinski (Robert Parker's Wine Advocate)
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