Country: New Zealand Region: Marlborough
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage: 2017 Colour: White Style: Dry
Grapes for the 2017 Noble Riesling were selected from the 36 year old organically grown vines on the Framingham estate vineyard. Soils there are of the old river bed type; fist sized stones composed of greywacke (a hard, dark type of sandstone streaked with quartz and feldspar) mixed alluvial gravel and silt. Vineyard practice for this wine is geared to produce ripe grapes that have had maximum “hang time” on the vine.
2017 was a relatively difficult vintage in Marlborough. Unprecedented amounts of precipitation through the growing and picking season meant that disease was an ever-present threat. Low crops on Framingham's three Riesling sections around the winery meant that fruit was soft (and therefore, more susceptible to botrytis infection) quite early on.
Selective hand harvest took place between 21st April and 3rd May. Net brix 34.5 (151 Öchsle). The wine is blended from six Auslese picks. Bunches were selected with largely 100% botrytis affected berries, though most were in the relatively early stages of dehydration and not yet fully raisined; the remainder were just turning in colour with early botrytis bloom. Net botrytis influence was difficult to judge, but is significant! The wine was fermented in stainless steel (55%) and oak barrels (45%) before the final blend was composed.
A sweet, botrytis affected wine inspired by the classic German “Beerenauslese” style. The wine is deeply concentrated, yet elegant and not cloying as a result of its vibrant acid and naturally low alcohol. Aromatics of orange citrus, apricot, marmalade and cream with a rich mouthfeel and extract, lots of stone fruit and zesty flavours, all held together with the bright acidity. Tense and juicy on the finish.