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2017 Framingham F-Series Riesling Beerenauslese (375ml)
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- Cellar 8 - 10 years (2026-2028)
- ABV 9%
- Closure: Stelvin
Brilliant straw pale gold colour with a watery hue. Powerful aromas of honeyed apple and apricot overlay hints of ripe lime, marmalade and light spice. Rich and super luscious yet at the same time remarkably fresh and light on its feet, honey drenched flavours of red apples, lemon and peaches coat the palate over elements of marmalade and dried pineapple. Beautifully refined fresh acidity acts as the perfect foil to the rich honeyed fruit. Exceptionally long aftertaste of honeyed peaches, red apples, citrusy pineapple and a touch of marmalade.
Drink over the next 8-10 years.
Blended from three auslese picks with 100% botrytis but not fully-raisined berries. Fermented in stainless barrels. Only the third beerenauslese made by Framingham. Intensely aromatic riesling with great weight and intensity held together by a lovely line of acidity. Very pure, with honey from botrytis but still showing good varietal character with tropical and tree fruit flavours. Very long with a mouth-watering finish.
Of the estate's 15 hectares on the gravels of the Wairau Valley, half of those are planted to Riesling. Production of other varieties is supplemented by purchased fruit. In 2017, the deluges that made the vintage challenging for varieties like Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir meant a decent amount of botrytis in the late-ripening Riesling. There's a full range of noble-sweet prädikats as a result, including a stunning beerenauslese and a super sweet trockenbeerenauslese.
A stupendous effort, the 2017 F Series Riesling Beerenauslese features gorgeous aromas and flavors of dried apricot and candied pineapple. It's incredibly sweet and rich (220 grams per liter residual sugar) yet balanced by a crisp edge of lime zest. I wouldn't hesitate to put it up against some top German competition. It should age well for a decade or two. Drink 2018-2035.
Joe Czerwinski – Robert Parker’s the Wine Advocate