Origin: Wairau Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand
Taste guide: Dry. gooseberry, lemon, and tropical fruit flavours, herbaceous notes, good minerality, unoaked
75cl - 13% - screwcap
The original vineyard was established by Rex Brooke-Taylor who took the name Framingham from his ancestral home town near Norwich. First planted in 1981, the Wairau Valley vineyard is based on warm, well drained stony soils. The winery takes a low impact approach to vineyard management and is accredited as a sustainable vineyard and winery under the Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand program.
Grapes for this Sauvignon Blanc come from a unique piece of Terroir in the Wairau district of Marlborough. This narrow strip of land has a distinct climate and soil structure which allows the grapes to ripen slowly. Dr Andrew Hedley, the winemaker at Framingham, describes the wine as having "a complex spectrum of flavours from herbal notes through to ripe tropical fruit salad". While maintaining its Marlborough identity this Sauvignon Blanc has bags of its own personality.
Produced from select grapes harvested at night and vinified in stainless steel, all designed to retain the inherent freshness of the fruit. Part of the wine was aged on its lees in oak for a short period, and then all the components blended to produce the final wine.
The wine is pale lemon/green in colour and has a fresh, ripely scented bouquet, showing good intensity. The palate is weighty, tightly, structured and dry, and has strong, ripe melon/lime, flavours, showing a distinct touch of complexity, a crisp, minerally edge and a finely textured, long finish.
This wine came from the now defunct "Ohsomm Wines" where the business model was providing wines (at over-the-top prices) with individual front labels, so we are selling it with just the back label.
Framingham Sauvignon Blanc sells for up to £15 in select wine merchants and is sold in Selfridges.
Binendwines' price for this identical but "back-label" wine is just £7.50.