Folding Hill ‘Orchard Block’ Pinot Noir 2011

12-May-2014
The output of the 4 ha Folding Hill vineyard in Bendigo, Central Otago is tiny, but the high quality and robust and hearty style of the wines has made many friends for Tim and Nikki Kerruish and their consortium of owners. In 2009, they bottled the first of their ‘Orchard Block’ wine, made from clone 5 fruit from a small, southern part of the vineyard sheltered by old apple trees. The wine has a richness and sense of refinement that makes it different from the main bottling and I’ve enjoyed both the 2009 (click here to see my review) and the 2010 (click here to see my review) wines. The 2011 is the third ‘Orchard Block’ wine. The growing season was subject to rain in February and March which necessitated greater viticultural attention. This along with strict, selective hand-picking has provided excellent releases of the ‘Folding Hill’ and second tier ‘Ballasalla’ wines. Here, I review the 2011 ‘Orchard Block’ Pinot Noir. www.foldinghill.co.nz

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