In a nutshell: Deliciously balanced old world style New Zealand Riesling.
The lowdown: Framingham, who have been growing Riesling in Marlborough since the 1980s, make their F-series cuvée to be a bit more complex and textured than their pure styles. The grapes for this are left to hang slightly longer and are then hand harvested and bunch pressed with the wine being left on its lees for 11 months priot to bottling. The result is is a wine with a delightful mix of mandarin and ripe apple flavours.
When to drink: A Layered and complex premium Marlborough white; drink with spicy Oriental and East European dishes.
The Framingham label was launched in 1994 with one Riesling, and has since expanded to include Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. Framingham, with their winery in Renwick, produce wines from their 19.5 hectare estate vineyard (certified organic since 2014) and other selected sites. Their Riesling vines, planted in 1981, are among the oldest in Marlborough.
Winemaker Dr Andrew Hedley, who hails from Gateshead on Tyneside and has a PhD in organic chemistry, joined Framingham in 2001, bringing with him an obsession with - and a reputation for - making great Riesling. Indeed, Jancis Robinson MW hails Andrew as 'one of the most skilled practitioners of Riesling anywhere in the world'.