2009/10 was an an excellent growing season at Folding Hill. Flowering in mid December took place in warm settled weather and subsequent fruit set was good. As is our usual practice we thinned the crop to 1 bunch per shoot and removed all shoulder bunches resulting in a very low crop of between 3 and 4 tonnes / hectare. The weather through the start of 2010 was good and a beautiful, dry late summer and autumn provided ideal ripening conditions. Berries and bunches were of an ideal size, disease pressure was very low and the fruit was in outstanding condition when harvested on April 12th 2010.
- NZ - Central Otago
- New Zealand
The 2010 vintage is very refined. Hand picked and bottled unfiltered and unfined it is attractively perfumed, mouthfilling, supple and youthful, with rich cherry, plum, spice and nut flavours, showing excellent depth, complexity, structure and harmony. It's lovely now but well worth cellaring. " 5 Stars Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide to New Zealand Wines
Deep red-purple; a richly textured wine, produced from six clones yielding less than four tonnes per hectare. Open fermented, hand plunged or foot stomped; matured in French barriques, neither filtered nor fined. Has considerable depth, and the array of spice and plum fruit carries the oak; excellent length and texture. 14% alc; Diam. 94 points - James Halliday
Winery Tasting Notes
Bunches fully destemmed but not crushed. 8 day cold soak then fermented with both wild and inoculated yeasts. Hand plunged 3 times per day and fermented to dryness over 6 – 9 days. Post ferment maceration until wines in balance then run into French oak barriques (Francois Frere medium toast, approx. 33% new), Barrel matured for 11 months and then selected barrels blended to produce a wine aiming for complexity, texture, structure and length, in addition to the usual characteristic dark fruit flavours.
We continue to use Diam closures for our wine as this replicates the characteristics of a traditional cork with no risk of cork taint.