March 28, 2022|In Winery Spotlight, Wines

Library Release:

From Dhall & Nash’s very own ‘Unrelenting Artisan’- Folium Vineyard

In the vast landscape of Marlborough wine, owning and drinking one of Folium’s meticulously aged gems is always a privilege and an opportunity not to be missed!

mountains in background with rows of grape vines from horizon to foreground, ready for harvest. A red tractor sits close to camera ready to transport grapes to winery.
Folium Vineyard 2011 Harvest In Action

Generously, owner-winemaker extraordinaire, Takaki Okada, has made available to Dhall and Nash a limited number of 2013 Folium Reserve Sauvignon Blanc and 2012 Folium Reserve Pinot Noir.

Folium Vineyard’s Takaki Okada has been crafting supremely elegant & complex vinous jewels for more than 10 years. As you Folium fans already know, Takaki is a Japanese winemaker, who reveres the intricacies of French old-world wines and with his American wine schooling he cleverly wrests magical liquid from his Brancott Valley vines. This is not your everyday garden variety Marlborough savvy or pinot!

Folium owner and winemaker, Takaki Okada

Not only is Takaki Okada an immensely likeable character – a one-man band doing everything by hand – he is also a meticulous, obsessive, and a detail-oriented passion-driven perfectionist. And rather witty to boot!

Exciting doesn’t adequately describe this wine release. Neither does riveting. This is certifiably enthralling, bewitching stuff. Imagine, if you can, your next Folium wine purchases have been lovingly cloistered in perfect cellar conditions for your tasting pleasure now.

Purity. Elegance. Depth. Persistence.

2013 Folium Sauvignon Blanc Reserve

“Fine with some wax and nuts as well as subtle hints of toffee covering the sweet pear and citrus fruit. Rounded with some richness, this is very stylish and distinctive.”
92/100 Points – Dr Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak

“Dry-farmed, high-density vineyard. 8-9 months on lees to counterbalance the high acidity. Complex mix of citrus, spice, celery, and saline. Finely textured, dry, taut, and really elegant. Mouth-watering freshness.”
17.5/20 Points – Julia Harding M.W., Jancis

“Hand-picked fruit, from vines planted in 1996, on clay soil, WBP and fermented at up to 20°C to 14.0% alc., the wine aged up to 8 months on lees. Bright, even straw-yellow colour with slight green hues. The nose is very fresh with vibrant and concentrated aromas of thirst-quenching white stone fruits, herbs, and gooseberries, along with complexing tropical fruit detail. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, this has a fulsome mouthfeel with restrained flavour expression. Pure white stone fruits, gooseberries, herbs, and ripe tropical fruit flavours exude a subtle sweetness and richness, building in depth. The fruit is balanced by softly refreshing, lively, ripe acidity, and is carried with good drive to a long, positive, minerally finish. This Sauvignon Blanc has a subtle richness and presence, with pure stone fruit and herb flavours that will become more complex over the next 2-3 years.”
18.5-/20 Points – Raymond Chan Wine Reviews Sept 2014

2012 Folium Pinot Noir Reserve

“Medium ruby-purple in color and filled with aromas of warm mulberries, kirsch and blackberry compote with hints of allspice, cloves and mushrooms. The2012 Folium Reserve PN is a light to medium-bodied wine offering delicate flavours and a silky texture. It finishes with good length.”
90/100 Points – Lisa Perotti-Brown, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate

“Lovely cherry and plum fruit with a hint of sweet and sour. Linear and focused with nice brightness. Supple and drinkable.”
91/100 Points – Dr Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak

“… this fresh and elegant unfiltered pinot noir has aged beautifully thanks to its bright track of acidity, a gift from the vintage. Concentrated, complex and long with delicious savoury mature pinot character developing, this is a gem.”
The Wine Society

“Dark, deep, ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues. The bouquet is soft, refined and gently concentrated with aromas of ripe dark raspberry and black cherry fruit harmoniously integrated with notes of raspberry liqueur, black florals, and spices. Funky game and earthy elements emerge with aeration. Medium-bodied, soft, and plush fruit flavours of dark red berry and cherry fruit are melded with spice and earthy game notes. Some earthy nuances add complexity and interest. The palate has a concentrated core, and the mouthfeel features fine-grained tannins that grow, with piquant acidity providing tension and freshness. The wine carries to a fine-textured, dry and elegant finish. This is a soft, gently luscious, fine-textured Pinot Noir with good freshness and dark fruit flavours with a little funky, earthy complexity. Hand-picked fruit destemmed, given a cold soak and indigenous yeast fermented to 13.86% alc., the wine aged in 25% new French oak barrels.”
18.0/20 Points – Raymond Chan Wine Reviews June 2014

These painstakingly handmade wines whose beauty and delicacy are exquisitely revealed after years of aging are ready to be unveiled now!

Folium Vineyards celebrated it’s 10th Anniversary in 2021, Take a look here if you want to learn more about the history of this heartwarmingly boutique kiwi winery.

Celebrating Ten Years Of Folium: An Unrelenting Artisan
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