Framingham 2014 Sweet Wines

27-Feb-2015
This country is blessed with a number of winemakers who hold the Riesling variety in the highest regard and dedicate much of their thinking and effort into making great examples. Andrew Hedley of Framingham in Marlborough is arguably the finest Riesling winemaker in New Zealand at present, making the broadest range of styles consistently at the highest quality over recent years. Andrew is a Riesling fanatic and regularly immerses himself in visiting and tasting Rieslings from around the world, focussing on those of Germany, the spiritual home of the variety. His ‘F-Series’ ‘Old Vine’ dry Rieslings have incorporated greater textures and funky complexities and are comparable to some of the most interesting contemporary examples around the world. The ‘Classic’ medium wine is classic, and a go-to Riesling for practically any occasion. The ‘Select’ Riesling is a superb medium-sweet wine of great clarity (click here to see my review of the 2014), and the Noble Riesling continues to be an outstanding botrytised dessert expression.

In 2011, Andrew and his team made a range of Rieslings that spanned the pradikat system as used in Germany, making wines from the medium-dry kabinett level right through to the liqueur-like trockenbeerenauslese, a feat never achieved before here. This release included sweet wines from other varieties as well, demonstrating Andrew’s understanding of the balance required in making not only sweeter Riesling, but richer wines in general. Since then, Andrew has released a selection of sweeter Rieslings and other varietal wines that showcase his ability to excel across the board. I’ve rated two of Andrew’s wines, ‘F-Series’ Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese bottlings, from 2011 and 2013 at 20.0/20, perfect scores. Here, I review the new 2014 vintage sweet wines. The Riesling is estate fruit, from vines 33-34 y.o. at time of harvest. www.framingham.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Framingham ‘F-Series’ Marlborough Riesling Spatlese 2014
  • Framingham ‘F-Series’ Marlborough Riesling Auslese 2014
  • Framingham Marlborough Noble Riesling 2014
  • Framingham ‘F-Series’ Marlborough Gewurztraminer Vendange Tardive 2014
  • Framingham ‘F-Series’ Marlborough Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese 2014

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