2009 Orchard Block Pinot Noir-sold out

In the vineyard

The Orchard Block at Folding Hill is the most southerly part of the vineyard and is bounded on its western side by an orchard of heritage variety English cider apple trees that we have planted. The fruit from this part of the vineyard is consistently outstanding and so as a trial we took a tonne and vinified it separately  

Clones UCD 5


Juice analysis pH 3.5  TA 8.3 Brix 24.0 ABV 14%

After a 10 day cold soak in a small open top tank, fermentation commenced with wild yeasts. This took 7 days and after a post fermentation maceration of 14 days the wines were run into barrel ( 1/3 new , Francois Frere medium toast) where they were kept for 18 months. Bottled unfiltered and unfined.

75 cases made.

Reviews & Awards

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit - A powerful pinot yet shows the classic elegance, displaying complex aromas of dark cherry, game, spice and subtley infused oak. The palate is superbly concentrated and dense with velvety texture and plenty of polished tannins. Very impressive. At its best 2012-2018  95 pts / 5 stars

Cameron Douglas MS - N:Lots of dark red berries with schist and friable soil aromas, white smoke and youthful oak bouquet. Showing a developing complexity but smells youthful and primary overall. P:Drk plum and dark cherry with a nudge of chocolate and undergrowth, plenty of wood to bite into and tannins to match. Medium+acidity , medium+ length , balanced and well made, needs a further 2 years to stitch together - overall a very good example. 5 stars

Bob Campbell MW - Quite intesely flavoured Pinot Noir with strong plum, mineral, dark cherry, woodsmoke, classic spicy flavours. Elegant in a light bodied style but showing impressive power. Dense, linear and long. 90 pts

Richard Hemming, jancisrobinson.com - 18 months in 33% new oak. Unfiltered and unfined. Immediately impressive nose, strong on red fruit at first but showing some earth, beetroot, iodine and bitter cherry notes too. Great harmony on the palate and quiet conviction on length. Avoids the overripe confection of some Otagans. Has much more to give. Drink 2012-2020. 17+ points

Raymond Chan - A bottling of clone 5 fruit from the southern part of the ‘Folding Hill' vineyard sheltered by a stand of old English cider apple trees, fully destemmed, given a 10 day cold soak and wild yeast fermented to 14.0% alc. The wine spent 18 months in one-third new French oak barriques. 75 cases were made. Very dark, deep, purple-hued black-red colour, this has a softly full and voluminous nose with tightly concentrated, ripe black cherry and berry aromas along with oak spice and a minerally element. Medium-full bodied, the dark plum and dark cherry fruit flavours are interwoven with red liquorice and spicy plum notes, still to unfold. The palate has good weight and body and a soft textured mouthfeel is enhanced by soft acidity and supple tannins behind the fruit. This is a fulsome, soft-textured wine with well-ripened fruit that will match duck, pork and veal over the next 4-5+ years.

Michael Cooper - Drinking well now the 2009 vintage was hand picked, fermented with indigenous yeasts, barrel aged for 18 months (French 33% new) and bottled unfiltered and unfined. Full and youthful in colour with a fragrant, spicy bouquet, it is full bodied and rich with very ripe plum spice and slight liquorice flavours, complex, very savoury and supple. 4 1/2 stars

Post release development

Still a baby, we think that the 2009 Orchard Block will approach it's peak in the next 4-7 years.

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