Folding Hill 2013 and Ballasalla 2014 Bendigo Pinot Noir

For wines from a young vineyard, the Folding Hill Pinot Noirs are attracting considerable attention for their very high quality. Tim Kerruish and his partners planted their 4 ha site in Bendigo, Central Otago with good advice, which continues today with the viticultural care of James Dicey and the winemaking of Fred Reinds. The second label ‘Ballasalla’, premium ‘Folding Hill’ and select ‘Orchard Block’ all share the dark berried fruit, liquorice and iron-like earthy characters along with significant structure, which appears to be intrinsic expression of the district. I’m sure that Tim aims for a balance that exhibits the Bendigo district with a degree of suppleness that enables reasonable approachability, and this apparent especially in the ‘Ballasalla’ wine, which includes fruit not used in the ‘estate’ wine and that which is cropped slightly higher. Here, I review the 2014 ‘Ballasalla’ and 2013 ‘Folding Hill’ Pinot Noirs, from what Tim calls "a pair of largely uneventful seasons”, which "have produced nicely structured wines which will reward some time in bottle”.


  • Ballasalla Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014
  • Folding Hill Bendigo Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013

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