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Framingham ‘Nobody’s Hero’ Pinot Noir 2017

12 February,2018

As part of a label re-vamp, Framingham Wines in Marlborough introduced the ‘Nobody’s Hero’ range to reflect the company’s involvement with music, as expressed by the annual Framingham Harvest Concert. The label was introduced at the end of last year as a "salute to the rebels, the radical, the offbeat and the underground”, whose music and culture features in the concert. (Click here for my reviews.) It is also a reflection of winemaker Andrew Hedley’s taste for harder (punk) music! The wines are designed to be fresh and fruit-driven. Here I review the new 2017 Pinot Noir. www.framingham.co.nz

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Framingham ‘Nobody’s Hero’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Marlborough

16.5/20

Dark, deep ruby-red colour with purple hues and some depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is very fresh with firmly packed aromas of dark-red cherry fruit, raspberries, along with a little liquorice, dark herbs and nuances of reduction. The aromatics show good depth and intensity, unfolding some peppery elements. Medium-bodied, the palate is bright and the fruit primary in expression, showing good depth of dark-red cherries and raspberries melded with a layering of dark herbs, revealing hints of liquorice and pepper. The mouthfeel is enlivened by lacy acidity, and the fruit underlined by light, grainy tannin textures. The palate has a well-concentrated line, carrying to a lingering finish. This is a firmly packed, youthfully bright and fresh-fruited Pinot Noir with dark-red cherry and raspberry fruit entwined with dark herb notes. Serve with antipasto and tapas, and Mediterranean fare over the next 3 years. Pinot Noir from 6 sites in the Wairau Valley, given a cold soak and fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 7 months in 13% new French oak barriques. 16.5/20 Feb 2018 RRP $25.00

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