Framingham Noble Riesling 2019



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Leaving grapes out to succumb to natural botrytis (Noble Rot) is risky, but we reckon we’ve managed to pull it off by selecting our parcels “little and often”.  The reward to such risk is a sweet little wine with lashings of apricot and citrus flavours, and perfect acidity. This late harvest style Riesling is extremely concentrated and viscous.


Why we love it: It’s a fantastic aperitif with long mouth watering finish.
Drink with: Selection of cheeses or as an aperitif.
Wairau Valley
Blend Info.
100% Riesling
Alcohol by Vol.
Bottle Vol.
Serving Temp.
7 - 12°
Screw cap
Now - 2025


‘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.

Why Framingham’s Wine Stands-Out

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.

Their Wines

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!

For more information on Framingham and their wines, visit their website.


Marlborough Wine Region is New Zealand’s largest and most famed wine region. Early successes with the Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc varietal range far and wide, landing NZ on the international wine map. With vintners interest in varied terroir and varieties escalating the recognition of the region globally adding fuel to the fire. Soon enough winemakers took to the cooler sub-regions of Southern Valley’s and Awatere.

The 1980’s

Back in the 1980s as an understanding of the regions potential slowly unfurled, farmers and foresters alike made a switch. The switch was to viticulture and the industry blossomed.

Marlborough’s Wine Region Conditions

Resting to the east at the tip of the South Island, Marlboroughs enjoys long drawn out daylight hours. This is coupled with a clear, cool atmosphere at night. This union results in a long, leisurely ripening period. Greatly contributing to the grapes intensified flavours while the chill of the night retains the acidity levels.

Marlboroughs Sub-Regions

Consisting of the three sub-regions; Wairau Valley, Awatere Valley and the Southern Valley’s. Marlborough has a diversified range of terroirs, allowing for impressive variation in style, minerality, and flavour. As the name suggests, the Southern Valleys sit south of the Wairau Valleys and houses the Omaka and Fairhall. As well as Brancott, Ben Morven and Waihopai valleys – Marlborough’s original sites.

The southern location of these valleys and the soils relatively heavier clay content is a key factor in its wine product. The clay gives the ability to produce a diverse range of wines.

Enjoying the slightly warmer north of the region, the Wairau Valleys sit more inland. It benefits from the Wairau River running through. This decreases the need and frequency of irrigation.

Soil Profiles and Notes

With each of the sites here having varying soil profiles consisting of alluvial gravel, wind borne loess and greywacke. Each vineyard will produce a unique wine, with flavour inherited from its unique soil composition. Although it must be noted, no matter how far a style strays, its intensity remains. The rich fruit intensity that’s a hallmark of the region can always be found.

Close to the Coast lies Awatere, arguably Marlborough’s most distinctive sub-region. The windier and cool location means the vines have a lower yield. This means the wines produced have an incredibly distinctive character as each abstraction and variation isn’t diluted.

The Herbaceous and flinty minerality truly reflect the sub-regions unique Terroir. While the good aromatics one can find stem from a decrease in the vigour of the vines.

As the New Zealand’s Wine Industries largest wine region it houses around 77% of the countries vines. It also produces over 75% of the Sauvignon Blanc. Marlborough has an upward trajectory and an exciting future.


Closed, for now

Specialist Cellars has paused its virtual doors for now. We’re still open and operating at our Pop Brixton store this Summer. You can also visit us 7 days a week at The Laundry Restaurant for sublime food, wine and coffee @brixtonlaundry.

Any outstanding vouchers can be redeemed at The Laundry or Pop Brixton store. Sadly we can no longer redeem these online.

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