The Bell Hill Pinot Noir is a complete barrel selection from the entire vineyard – the Shelf, Quarry (10/5 & Rootlings), Slope, Roadblock, and Westbank. All blocks were 100% destemmed giving a high number of whole berries. The ferments had 21 to 28 days on skins with cold pre-ferment and warm post-ferment macerations. After basket pressing, the wine went into 100% new French oak, it was racked and blended after 12 months and had 6 months in tank before bottling.
From an extraordinary, close-planted site in north Canterbury that was formerly a lime quarry. All of this raised and reared by the wonderful Sherwyn Veldhuizen and Marcel Giesen. An amazing project and vision realised in amazing wines.
This has purity, shimmering beauty and tension writ large. It feels pretty and perfumed to sniff on, sour cherry, wild herbs, faint cedar and clove. Flavours mesh light and frisky, more of the sour cherry and wild herb, though there’s a distinct stony minerality that trails long through the wine’s epic length. Texture here is incredible. So much detail in the wine too. An outstanding wine.
Rated : 97 Points, Tasted : AUG20, Alcohol : 13%, Closure : Screwcap, Drink : 2020 - 2035 Mike Bennie Winefront