New Zealand’s top riesling producer has again released an array of absolutely top wines from the 2017 vintage, a year that appears to be well-suited to the production of botrytis-influenced styles. Framingham’s winemaker, Dr Andrew Hedley, is a man who understands riesling better than anyone I know. He manages to make top wines every year with consummate ease. Andrew is helped by the fact that Framingham has one of the oldest riesling vineyards in Marlborough and the company is prepared to lavish time and money making tiny quantities of wines, which can compete with the world’s best.
Established in 1994, but with estate Riesling vineyards planted in 1981, Framingham is a boutique wine company with its own winery, offering a range of expressive and individual Marlborough wines made in limited quantities. Four diverse styles of Riesling from the old vines show off the estate’s stony terroir in a distinctly Germanic fashion, whist Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer bring to mind the styles of Alsace.
‘New Zealand’s Finest Riesling Producer’ Jancis Robinson MW, 2009
‘New Zealand’s Best Sweet Wine Maker’ Bob Campbell MW, 2011