Folium Vineyard 2014 Sauvignon Blancs, and 2014 and 2013 Pinot Noirs

The Folium Vineyard is the Marlborough wine label of Takaki Okada who purchased 8.4 ha of established vines on a Brancott Road property in 2010, releasing his first wines with the 2011 vintage. Takaki makes ‘estate’ and ‘Reserve’ bottlings of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir from BioGro certified organic vines close-planted up to 4,200 vines per hectare, the differentiation based essentially on the age of the vines, with the winemaking specifications generally kept constant for each variety. The ‘estate’ wines are made from the younger vines and the ‘Reserve’ from the older. Takaki takes the utmost care with the viticulture and does not irrigate, hand-harvesting to ensure the picking of the healthiest and fully-ripened fruit at low yields. The winemaking is similarly intensive, detailed and fastidious, Takaki using the nearby Fromm winery facilities. I’ve been very impressed with all the wines to date. Here, I review the new releases, the 2014 Sauvignon Blanc and ‘Reserve’ Sauvignon Blanc, the 2014 Pinot Noir and 2013 ‘Reserve’ Pinot Noir.


  • Folium Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014
  • Folium ‘Reserve’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014
  • Folium Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014
  • Folium ‘Reserve’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013

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