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Framingham Classic Riesling

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Here’s a Riesling you might just find as an antidote to all the Sauvignon Blanc that Marlborough produces. It’s good to see New Zealand producers like Framingham produce other aromatic whites in their stable and this Riesling is very special indeed. It’s made in an off dry style, which means there’s some sweetness but it’s balanced out by some masterful acidity. Shuck some oysters or grill some white fish as this wine is the perfect partner with its vivid aromatics, heavenly structure and beautiful balance.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Pale gold with hints of green.

Nose: On release, the wine has a fragrant, complex nose showing tangelo, honeysuckle, jasmine, green tea, wax and quinine aromatics along with hints of toast and some wet stone-like “minerality”.

Palate: Intense and concentrated yet delicate palate with tight, juicy acidity showing flavours of tangy Mandarin orange and nectarine with hints of toast, juniper, lemon meringue, pith, honey and beeswax, complete with a stony, “mineral” finish. Some nice tension between sugar and acidity.

Cellaring: Framingham Classic Riesling is a generous, off dry style of Riesling akin to a Spätlese halbtrocken, with heady, floral and citrus aromatics, rich fruit and juicy acidity. The residual sugar in the wine is balanced with a backbone of firm natural acidity giving a long, dry finish. This, together with relatively low alcohol, makes it an approachable wine when young but it has the potential to further develop in the bottle over the next 5-7 years.

Framingham Awards and Accolades

BLUE-GOLD TOP 100 - Sydney International - AU
5 Stars Michael Cooper - Listener Magazine - NZ 
5 Stars Bob Campbell MW - NZ

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Framingham Classic Riesling

Expert Reviews

Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
The interplay here between concentrated, zesty fruit of outstanding line and persistence, well gauged sweetness and electric acidity is captivating. Lovely complexing notes of toast, roast chestnuts and honey well up under a delightfully poised core of lemon zest and preserved lemon fruit. Impeccably complete off-dry riesling.
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Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
This off-dry riesling has plenty of richness and ripe stone fruits on the nose; some minerally accents too. The palate's finely etched with crisp acidity, carrying ripe stone-fruit flavours in even shape through the finish. Balanced and utterly delicious wine
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Michael Cooper (2008 Vintage) says
Top vintages of this Marlborough wine are strikingly aromatic, richly flavoured and zesty. The 2008 is ripely scented, with fresh, vibrant lemon/lime flavours, gently sweet (17.5 grams/litre of residual sugar), crisp and minerally. Intense and still very youthful, it's best cellared to at least mid-2010+.
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Michael Cooper (2007 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2005 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2004 Vintage) says
Top vintages of this Marlborough wine are strikingly aromatic, richly flavoured and zesty. The outstanding 2004 vintage was grown in three company-controlled blocks around the winery at Renwick. Fleshy and intense, with ripe, citrusy flavours, hints of passionfruit and honey, and a crisp, slightly sweet finish (18 grams/litre of residual sugar), it is impressively rich and already a lovely mouthful.
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Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
Grown at Renwick, top vintages of this Marlborough wine are deliciously aromatic, richly flavoured and zesty. The 2001 vintage was harvested with a small infection of noble rot and stop-fermented in a medium style (18 grams/litre of sugar). A fragrant, generous wine with intense, punchy flavours, it's a good candidate for cellaring.
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
Grown at Renwick, top vintages of this Marlborough wine are deliciously aromatic, richly flavoured and zesty, although the 1997 was plain. Seductively scented, with "lifted citrus, beeswax and marzipan" characters on the nose, the 1998 vintage is a striking wine. The palate is big and lively, with concentrated tropical and citrus fruit flavours in a weighty, slightly sweet style, very finely balanced, delicate, soft and long
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James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; the aromas are quite complex, running through spice, lime and citrus, with similar flavours on the palate. That barely perceptible touch of residual sugar does flesh out the finish.
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Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
Grown at Renwick, top vintages of this Marlborough wine are deliciously aromatic, richly flavoured and zesty, although the 1997 was plain. Seductively scented, with "lifted citrus, beeswax and marzipan" characters on the nose, the 1998 vintage is a striking wine. The palate is big and lively, with concentrated tropical and citrus fruit flavours in a weighty, slightly sweet style, very finely balanced, delicate, soft and long
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