Folding Hill 2011 Bendigo and 2010 Orchard Block Pinot Noirs

25-Sep-2013
The Folding Hill Pinot Noirs of Tim and Nikki Kerruish and their consortium of friends have become very prominent following the strong 2009 and 2010 releases. The wines come from fruit from clone 5, 6, Abel and the newer Dijon vines planted in 2003. The vineyard in Bendigo Loop Road is 4ha in size and viticulture is under the care of James Dicey of Grape Vision with Fred Reinds making the wines at the Earnscleugh Road Wines facility. The output is very limited with around 300 cases made. In 2009, 75 cases of the ‘Orchard Block’ wine were first made (click here for my review), employing clone 5 fruit from the small southern section of the vineyard sheltered by a stand of old apple trees. Here, I review the new 2011 Folding Hill and 2010 ‘Orchard Block’ releases, noted by Tim to be very different seasons, the former influenced by rain events which was managed by stringent selective hand-picking, and latter seen as an excellent year. The ‘Ballasalla’ label takes the fruit from younger vines and that not selected for the premium label. (Click here to see my review of the Ballasalla 2011.) The wines continue the robust style packed with liquorice and earthy flavours. www.foldinghill.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Folding Hill Bendigo Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011
  • Folding Hill ‘Orchard Block’ Bendigo Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010

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