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06 December,2017

Framingham Wines in Marlborough has undergone a change in labelling to reflect its evolving style and culture. Owned by the Portuguese SOGRAPE group, Framingham has retained its uniqueness, which incorporates a strong and independent style which has music as a feature. The annual Framingham Harvest Concert is part of it, as well as winemaker Andrew Hedley’s taste for harder (punk) music. The ‘Nobody’s Hero’ range has been introduced as a "salute to the rebels, the radical, the offbeat and the underground” which is sought for the concert. In wine style terms, the wines are designed to be fresh and fruit-driven, and made to be Marlborough-expressive. Here, I review the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris.


Framingham ‘Nobody’s Hero’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough


Bright, pale straw-yellow colour, a little lighter on the edge. The nose is fresh and up-front with bright aromas of passionfruit, fresh herbs, snow peas and cut grass. The aromatics are clean, moderately punchy and pungent in expression. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has taut and intense flavours of passionfruit, herbs, green capsicums and cut grass, the fruit in the cooler spectrum. The flavours form a tightly bound core and line, and the mouthfeel is brisk and zesty, with the acidity driving the palate along a light-textured, firm, thirst-quenching line, leading to a passionfruity and grassy finish. This is a tightly bound, cool-spectrum Sauvignon Blanc with passionfruit, cut-grass and herb flavours on a brisk, mouthwatering, firm line. Serve with seafood, and salads and vegetables over the next 2 years. Fruit from 5 sites in the Wairau Valley, fermented in stainless-steel to 12.5% alc. 16.5/20 Dec 2017 RRP $15.00

Framingham ‘Nobody’s Hero’ Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Marlborough


Bright, light golden-hued straw-yellow colour, paler on the rim. The nose is fresh and bright with gently voluminous aromas of white and yellow stonefruits, white florals and some honeysuckle notes and an amalgam of nuts and minerals. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has a core of gentle yellow stonefruit flavours melded with honeysuckle and nutty notes and nuances of lemon-curd. The fruit forms a core with slightly firm phenolic textures and grip, and the palate has light, balancing acidity lending freshness and zip. The palate has underlying power and drive, and the wine carries to a light, nuanced finish. This is a softly textured dry Pinot Gris with stonefruit and honied flavours and some underlying power and drive. Match with a variety of white meat dishes over the next 2+ years. Fruit from 3 sites in the Wairau Valley, fermented in stainless-steel with approx. 35% in seasoned oak to 13.5% alc. and 5.9 g/L RS, the wine aged several months on lees. 16.5+/20 Dec 2017 RRP $15.00

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