This is a smooth, supple, easy-to-drink rendering of Marlborough Pinot Noir. Gentle mushroom and damp moss shadings bring complexity to the cherry fruit, while the mouthwatering finish reveals hints of dark chocolate. Drink now–2018.— J.C.
Framingham is one of New Zealand’s Riesling pioneers, but this shows the winery is serious about Sauvignon Blanc as well. There’s a smoky, struck-flint character on the nose, then layers of citrusy fruit on the palate. It’s medium bodied, with a long, grapefruity finish.— J.C.
Young, fresh and still a bit sulfury, it has pretty apple and citrus aromas and flavors. Polished and supple, it’s a strongly-flavored wine with penetrating acidity and a dry finish. This tart, crisp, flavorful wine is exciting and completely refreshing.— S.H.
With almost 2% residual sugar, you might expect this wine to taste sweet. It does—to a point. The strong lime-like finish provides a balancing counterpoint that makes this floral wine very drinkable with food. Clove and cinnamon notes add complexity to ripe pear fruit.— J.C.
Though there's lots of creamy oak on the nose, the aromas aren't as cloying as they would be in a California Chard. People used to California Chards wouldn't know what to make of the palate flavors, either: Reserved, steely mineral notes overlay banana, citrus and a tiny bit of oak. Soft and minerally in the mouth…— D.T.
Combines dusky peach and passion fruit aromas and flavors in a wine that’s a bit softer and sweeter-tasting than many Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs, yet still carries a refreshing touch of acid on the finish. Imported by New Zealand Wine Imports.— J.C.
Light but pretty, offer-ing up floral, cola and cherry scents. It’s a soft, easy-drinking style, with a tart, pie-cherry note on the finish. Imported by New Zealand Wine Imports.— J.C.
Despite this estate remaining among the top echelon of New Zealand Riesling producers, Framingham’s Pinot Noir is solid but unexciting. It’s plump and medium bodied, and it offers modest cherry fruit and a touch of bitterness on the finish.— J.C.