2015 Framingham: F-Series Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Fruit from a 0.4 ha block of estate vines, around 8 y.o., indigenous yeast fermented, 65% in seasoned oak and the remainder in stainless-steel barrels to 13.0% alc. and 2.4 g/L RS, the wine aged 10 months on lees without MLF. Brilliant, light straw-yellow colour with pale green-gold hues. This has an elegantly concentrate and intense bouquet with complex aromas of greengages, nectarines and green stonefruits entwined with spicy herbs and subtle, savoury, nutty and smoky barrel-ferment elements. The aromatics grow in density and firmness with aeration. Medium-bodied, this has a tight core of savoury and spicy green stonefruits melded with herb and nutty, smoky layers. This has concentration and drive, and the wine flows along a very fine-textured line with integrated acidity. The palate has richness and a near creaminess to the mouthfeel and carries to a finish that blooms in complexing spice and oak detail. This is a complex, soft and finely concentrated, oak-influenced Sauvignon Blanc. Serve with Mediterranean cuisine and herb-marinated poultry and pork over the next 3 years. 1,733 bottles made.
Proudly presented by Andrew as the antithesis of the “typical” Marlborough style Sauv Blanc. This Sauv Blanc comes from a particularly stony, rocky section of the estate vineyard that is farmed specifically to make this wine. Without boring you with the technical detail everything about this wine focused on turning down the volume of the intensely aromatic, fruity, exuberant aspects of NZ savvy and putting the focus on texture, minerality and lees derived complexity. Lots of people attempt this style; very few succeed in creating wines as enthralling as this. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer)