Folding Hill Pinot Noir 2010 (12 x 750mL), Central Otago, NZ.

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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

Expert Reviews

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.

NZ - Central Otago
Grape Style
Pinot Noir
Closure Type
Cork closure

Winery Profile

Folding Hill was an easy place to fall in love with. We had looked at over 30 potential sites in Central Otago by the time we walked out onto a bare sheep paddock nestled on a northern terrace of Bendigo Creek in 2001. It was deepest winter, the sky was azure and cloudless , the Pisa range covered in fresh snow. We felt the magic of the place.

Since that first visit we have taken a single minded approach to producing the very best Pinot Noir possible from our special part of the world.

Advised by legendary Central Otago viticulturist Robin Dicey, planting of our first vines commenced in late 2003. We carefully selected clones and rootsocks proven locally to make wines with complexity, flavour, balance and length and have done everything possible to ensure the vines have been able to reach their full potential. We strongly believe that low yields are of paramount importance in creating outstanding Pinot Noir and we manage our vines intensively through the growing season to ensure crop levels are around 3.5 - 4.5 tonnes per hectare.

Our approach to winemaking is based on the traditional philosophy and practices of the 'Old World'. We believe that hand picking optimally ripe fruit and then gently guiding it through vinification with as little intervention as possible allows us to produce elegant wines with flavour and structure that authentically reflect the special place they come from - wines that really are "Handmade from Central Otago"

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