Wine Of The Week # 18 // Framingham Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Framingham produce wines from parcels grown exclusively in the Wairu Valley, located in the North East of New Zealand’s Southern Island. A small batch producer founded by Rex Brooke-Taylor, Framingham released their first wine, a Reisling, in 1994 and in addition to this produce Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir, Viognier and Montepulciano grape varieties. Though subsequently they have also produced Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Pinotage, Merlot, Malbec and Chenin Blanc varieties to great success too.

This Pinot Noir is really very close to the Burgundy style, mid-garnet in colour, supple and elegant the wine has a complex nose of ripe black cherries, raspberry liquor and a distinctly floral note of violets. The dark fruits carry through to the palate, with a distinct taste of smoked oak and spice, a hint of game, a fresh, vibrant acidity and light tannins. Light bodied this is an outstanding wine from a fantastic small producer. 750ml // 13.5% ABV // £17.99