Folding Hill 2015 ‘Ballasalla’ and 2013 ‘Orchard Block’ Pinot Noir

02-Aug-2016
The Folding Hill Central Otago Pinot Noir wines of Tim Kerruish and his partners are growing in repute with every passing vintage. The 4ha site in Bendigo was planted in 2003, and the vines continue to be tended by James Dicey, with Fred Reinds responsible for the winemaking. Tim, James and Fred work closely together to ensure the fruit and the resultant wines are fully representative of the vineyard and the terroir of the district. I find them classical Bendigo wines in expression with dark-red and black fruits, along with the tell-tale Bendigo liquorice note, along with significant structures. The Folding Hill wines are certainly at the more fulsome and broader end of the Bendigo spectrum, and the wines benefit from more bottle age than most other Central Otago Pinot Noirs. Here, I review the first of the 2015 wines, the second label ‘Ballasalla’, made from fruit that was not included in the estate label, plus fruit from higher cropped plants. And I review the last of the 2013 vintage wines, the ‘Orchard Block’, made from clone 5 fruit from the southern part of the vineyard, sheltered by a stand of old English cider apple trees, the fruit handled and bottle separately from the estate label. www.foldinghill.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Ballasalla Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015
  • Folding Hill ‘Orchard Block’ Bendigo Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013

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