‘Framingham’ is a Marlborough based winery that has been known for putting their personality and individuality onto everything they do - their tag line being “we make wine by our own rules”. The ‘Framingham winery’ was established in 1997, however their Riesling vines are some of the oldest in Marlborough having been planted in 1981.
What makes ‘Framingham’ such a standout winery is that they source small batches of grapes from different vineyards to truly integrate depth of flavour, character and texture into their wines. They solely source from the Wairau Valley in Marlborough. ‘Framingham’ believe in doing what they love, which is why they throw out the wine handbook and simply make wines they would like to drink themselves - makes enough sense doesn’t it? They want wines that have character, personality and truly show their expression of their site.
Dr Andrew Hedley is the genius behind the creation of these wines, with Riesling being his raison d’être - that and punk rock music. He is the one who has set the standard for doing things his own way and it has sure paid off, garnering him the title of New Zealand Winemaker of the year for 2019.
The ‘Framingham’ range showcases strength, and a true sense of balance, texture and complexity. The Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir all exhibit qualities that make you enticed from start to finish. There is another sector of wines known as the F-series range which is where Andrew gets to play. This is his opportunity to push the winemaking boundaries, experiment with things such as wild yeast, new varieties and new techniques - think an artist getting free reign to paint what he wants! The Specialist Cellars pick of the bunch is the F-series Riesling, - it’s a must try for anyone!
To find out more about the ‘Framingham’ story and their wines, simply visit their website here.