2011 Orchard Block - Sold Out

Jamie Goode - Fine and subtly expressive. Precise with amazing detail and precision. Light but concentrated with a fine spiciness. Real elegance and some structure. Quite mineral: an amazing wine that's not a blockbuster but just deliciously detailed. 95/100

 

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit -This is stylish and engaging. The complex and fragrant bouquet shows dark cherry, game, truffle and roasted nut characters, leading to a concentrated palate that's elegant and finely textured. The wine shows wonderful harmony and integration, beautifully framed by plenty of polished tannins, and it's superbly long on the finish. At its best: now to 2018. 5 stars

 

Raymond Chan - Deepish ruby-red with some garnet, this has a deeply-packed and complete nose with ripe black fruits, hints of liquorice and chocolate, nuanced with spice and some new oak shine. Medium-full bodied, the palate features sweet. Lush dark red and black fruits with a layering of spices earth and oak. The fruit is supported by supple tannin structure and a fine, underlying line of acidity. The mouthfeel is rounded, but with a solidness, depth and completeness, the richness mouthfilling with nuance and a suggestion of opulence. Cedar and chocolate, and some savoury, secondary earth and herb notes unfold on the long finish. This has developed well and shows lovely harmony with richness. 6-8 years. Hand-picked clone 5 fruit, fully destemmed but not crushed, given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 20 months in 33% new French oak. 5 stars Aug 2014

 

John Hawkesby, New Zealand Herald,  in an article titled “Central Otago’s best Pinot Noir”. - Tim Kerruish is big on thinning his Bendigo crop and just picking the best fruit by hand. This obsession with excellence in the vineyard pays off with what finishes up in the bottle, which is unfiltered and unfined. Closed with a Diam cork this is a wine with a more savoury and smoky texture and will reward cellaring for at least another five years.

 

Bob Campbell MW - Intense, ripe cherry, plum and spice flavours are supported by nutty oak and a hint of savoury/dried herb characters. This is a powerful and still very youthful Pinot Noir that needs time to reveal its full potential. 88/100

 

Charmian Smith , Otago Daily Times- A powerful wine from Bendigo with sweet fruit, savoury undertones, spicy oak, and firm, well-structured tannins finishing with a youthful crispness. Although three years old, it will develop for another couple of years at least. 4 stars

© Folding Hill Wine Company 2014