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Ballasalla Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

21 September,2017
Ballasalla is the second label of the very highly regarded Folding Hill brand, based on a 4ha Pinot Noir vineyard planted in the Bendigo region of Central Otago. Tim Kerruish heads a syndicate of owners who established the vineyard in 2003. They have Fred Reinds as their winemaker. Ballasalla employs the fruit in barrels not included in the premium cuvee, and includes fruit grown at a slightly high crop loading (approx. 7t/ha) especially for the label. It is named after the small village on the Isle of Man where Tim grew up, and means ‘place of willows’. The wine has proven to be a success and sells quickly. Here, I review the new 2016 vintage release.


Ballasalla Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

Even ruby-red colour with light purple hues, a little paler on the rim. The nose is elegantly presented with good depth and soft intensity of dark-red cherry and berry fruit along with subtle notes of dark herbs unfolding nuances of dark-red and violet florals and a suggestion of liquorice. Medium-full bodied, the palate is up-front and has a good deep core of black and dark-red berry fruits entwined with subtle notes of liquorice and dark herbs. The mouthfeel is bright and vibrant with fresh acidity and balanced, supple tannin extraction. This has sweetness which is carried with good energy and a degree of linearity to a lingering finish of cherry and berry fruit and herbs. This is a bright and vibrant, up-front Pinot Noir with good depth of cherry and berry fruit and subtle herb and liquorice notes on an elegant, supple palate. Match with poultry and pork over the next 4+ years. Clones 5, 6 and Dijon clones fermented, partially with indigenous yeasts to 14.1% alc., the wine aged 10 months in seasoned French oak. 17.5-/20 Sep 2017 RRP $32.00
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