A deliciously balanced “old-world” style, the nose has concentrated lime fruit with hints of honeysuckle and stony minerality. Medium to full bodied, the palate is intense with rich, balanced flavours of mandarin and ripe apple. Layered and complex, citrus fruits and wet slate perfumes continue throughout. Crisp, lively Riesling acidity carries through to the dry, long finish.
Grapes for the 2017 F-Series Old Vine Riesling were selected from organically grown, vines planted in the early 1980’s, in front of the cellar door building. 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.
All fruit was harvested by hand, and whole bunch pressed. Unclarified musts were settled for 12 hours before racking to a mixture of stainless steel and older oak barrels. Fermentation was allowed to start spontaneously, and the components were left on full ferment lees for nine months before blending and bottling. Of the total volume, approximately 25% was fermented in old oak.
These wines represent an alternative approach to the varieties within the core Framingham range – staying true to their style, but with room for innovation. A strictly limited edition, the F-Series allows head winemaker Andrew and his team the flexibility to experiment with winemaking techniques and create small batch wines that capture the essence of each vintage, resulting in some of Marlborough’s most exciting wines.