Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Wairau Valley

Framingham F-Series

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.

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Vineyards

Fruit comes from Framingham’s Wairau estate vineyard. The usual core fruit (from the once acre “Quail Trail” block) for this wine was lost to frost in 2016, so two other sections of older fruit on the estate, one in north-south orientation, the other in east-west, were used for this vintage. The east-west orientated Sauvignon Blanc has a “green” side to the canopy and a “ripe” side. The green side sees very little sun during the day, whereas the ripe side has sun for most of the day. Ripe side fruit was hand selected for this wine, with a portion of green side being picked a little bit later. The wine also has a hand selected portion from the north-south rows.

Vintage Information

Heat summation data for the 2015/6 growing season shows it to be second hottest only to 1997/8 for recent vintages. Weather was stable and relatively dry under El Niño conditions into March. Generally favourable weather over the harvest allowed the team to pick ripe grapes with well developed late season flavours.

Vinification

Hand-picked fruit was subjected to several different treatments. 20% of the wine was fermented on skins as with red winemaking; one parcel was given some skin contact before pressing and another was whole bunch pressed. No sulphur dioxide was used in the juice. The wine was all spontaneously fermented, 70% in barrels and puncheons. The overall breakdown is 30% stainless steel, 20% acacia puncheon and 50% older French oak barriques. The wine was on full lees for 10 months and the barrel portion was aged for 10 months, before the final wine was blended and bottled.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Region Wairau Valley, Marlborough
Winemaker Andrew Hedley
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%
Acidity 7.5g/l