Originally planted by Fromm in 1996, the Folium Vineyard is located in Marlborough’s Brancott Valley. Since 2011, this beautiful site has been owned and tended by the inimitable Takaki Okada, who lives in a little house in the middle of his vines. The dirt here is ‘Southern Valley’ clay, around 1.5 metres deep, sitting on top of gravelly silt.
Crunchy stone fruit comes through on the palate, though quite generous in fruit and clearly ripe. It remains super tight and chalky with earthy, mineral-like flavours and a focused, pristine finish. Corofin’s Folium Vineyard 2016 is brilliant Chardonnay.