The Bell Hill Chardonnay is a select barrel blend from the Shelf, Limeworks (2009 & 1999 blocks), and Roadblock. The fruit was a combination of whole cluster pressed and crushed but not de-stemmed, depending on block, in our tank press followed by 12 months in French oak (20% new) and 7 months in tank. The wine was bottled on the 3rd of November 2017 with a pH of 3.30, TA of 6.3 g/L, and alcohol of 13%. 3,240 bottles were produced.
One of my favourite wine producers of New Zealand but popped out of a blind tasting and hello. Exacting farming, extraordinary site. Destroys the bulk of fancy Burgundy. Dive in, people.
Flint and steel, green apple, floral notes, water biscuits. So precise and tight, racy, insanely minerally and pure, energy to burn. Purity, freshness, vibrant and just so damn energetic, the whole thing mouth watering and delicious, like the finest texture married to the most tense fruit character. How is this possible? It’s mesmerising and memorable. People will talk about their experience with this wine. Damn. Wow.
Rated : 97+ Points, Tasted : AUG20, Alcohol : 13%, Closure : Screwcap, Drink2020 - 2040 Mike Bennie Winefront