At the boutique winery in the Wairau Valley, the Framingham team crafts expressive, individual small batch wines with new world purity and old world complexity. The long-serving only sources fruit from the Wairau Valley, from both their own vineyard and carefully selected grower sites nearby.
The Framingham Rieslings are arguably the best in the country, the reputation cemented by a number of annual releases. Framingham does it all so well with Riesling, and notably with the likes of the ‘Classic’, ‘Select’ and ‘Noble’, which are recognised consistently as among the country’s best in classical styles. The wines from their 30+ year old vines show off the estate’s stony terroir in a distinctly Germanic fashion.
Nevertheless, Framingham is first and foremost a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc producer. The vast majority of its annual 23,000 – 25,000 case production is dedicated to that variety. The Sauvignon Blanc is distinctly Marlborough with a mineral twist, crafted from many different batches from several diverse Wairau Valley sites.
Framingham is carefully pushing the boundaries in style, and the Framingham label is increasingly showing points of difference from mainstream Marlborough.
Reviews & Accolades:
NZ Winery of the Year 2018 & 2019 – Bob Campbell MW
“New Zealand’s Master of Riesling…" – Jamie Goode
“the country's prime Riesling producer - indeed arguably the best producer of Germanic Rieslings (dry and sweet) outside Germany” – Jancis Robinson MW
Contender for ‘Winery of the Year 2018’. “Dr Andrew Hedley …is arguably this country’s best Riesling winemaker, his range of dry to sweet unmatched. However, Andrew has lifted the game with the funky ‘F-Series’ wines, so that they offer great interest as well as top quality.” – Raymond Chan