Folding Hill Bendigo Pinot Noir 2010

28-Mar-2012

Coming from the Isle of Man and spending time in Melbourne, A&E doctor Tim Kerruish and his wife Nikki discovered the joys of Central Otago Pinot in the 1990s and set up a consortium to make their own version. Following an EIT course, Tim and his partners planted 4 ha of Pinot Noir in 2003 on the sheltered flat land in the Bendigo region east of Lake Dunstan. The site claims the vineyards of Mondillo, Lamont and Quartz Reef as neighbours. Folding Hill has the expertise of James Dicey overseeing the viticulture and Fred Reinds, former winemaker at VinPro and Blackridge in charge of vinification, using the facilities at Earnscleugh Road Wines. Tim's approach is minimal intervention and the most gentle and natural handling of the fruit. The average yearly output made since the first vintage is around 300 cases, with 75 cases of a select ‘Orchard Block' produced. I've enjoyed the fleshy dark-fruit character of the 2009 Folding Hill (click here to see my review) and the 2009 ‘Orchard Block' (for my review click here), and since the former wine won a gold medal at the 2011 ANZWA, in retrospect, I may have been a bit hard in my assessment? Tim Kerruish was in Wellington and showed me the 2010 Folding Hill Pinot Noir. As with most 2010s from Central Otago, it has significant tannin structure that will allow it to age well. It is proving to be a superior vintage. www.foldinghill.co.nz


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