Two Pinot Noirs from Folding Hill, Central Otago, NZ

folding hill pinot noir

I visited Folding Hill, in the Bendigo sub-region of Central Otago, back in January 2014. It’s the project of two medical folk, emergency doctor Tim Kerruish and  his wife Nikki, a bio ethicist. The wines are really good. Here’s my review of a couple of recent releases.

Folding Hill Pinot Noir 2014 Bendigo, Central Otago, New Zealand
14.2% alcohol. Fresh and aromatic with lovely floral, slightly sappy cherry fruit on the nose. The palate is juicy and focused with a nice grainy savouriness and hints of pepper and warm herbs, as well as a bit of dusty dryness. Lovely balance here between the ripe fruit and the nice savoury dimension. Should age really nicely, even though it’s delicious now. 93/100

Folding Hill Pinot Noir Orchard Block 2013 Bendigo, Central Otago, New Zealand
14.2% alcohol. Destemmed, wild ferment, 20 months in barrel. Concentrated and dense with a cedary, spicy underpinning to the ripe cherry and blackberry fruit. Has freshness but also structure and some savoury oak influence. Grippy and detailed with firm tannins and a dusty, savoury edge to the fruit. Quite closed right now, but with lots of potential for the future. Give it a few years before popping the cork, and it will get a higher rating. 93/100

Here’s a short film of me tasting the wines:


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