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Framingham F-Series Sauvignon Blanc 2018 £23.95
Framingham F-Series Sauvignon Blanc 2018
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.
Fruit for this wine was selected from the certified organic Framingham vineyard in Renwick. The soils are free-draining greywacke gravels which give the vines a low vigour. The vines are trained in a two cane vertical shoot system and are managed to produce only a small crop, high in character and flavour.
2018 saw a warm and dry spring followed by a hot but wet summer. Fortunately, the weather during harvest settled to allow the fruit to ripen and develop the desired flavours. The fruit was harvested in two sections, the majority on 19th March with the remainder picked on 6th April.
The grapes underwent different vinifications and were either whole bunch pressed, allowed some skin contact before pressing, or fermented on skins. About two-thirds were not fermented on skins and were settled for 12 hours before being racked into old oak barriques for spontaneous fermentation. The other third of the blend was fermented spontaneously on skins for two weeks before being pressed to old oak barrels. All components were left on lees for 10 months before bottling.
A fine, expressive Sauvignon Blanc with bright tangerine and grapefruit aromas and underlying rich pear and apple notes. The palate is fresh and textural, full of stone fruit and savoury complexity.