Bell Hill Pinot Noir 2011

100% Pinot Noir; an eight barrel selection from the Shelf & Roadblock/Shelf, the Quarry Rootlings, and the Roadblock plantings located in the Weka Pass region of North Canterbury.

Each portions was harvested, fermented and aged in barrels separately. The ferments included combinations of whole bunches, crushed fruit and whole berries, the amounts of which depended on the blocks. All ferments had 28 days on skins with cold pre-ferment and warm post-ferment macerations. After basket pressing the wine was put into 100% new French oak and racked and blended after 12 months in barrel. Spent 3+ months in tank without any fining and, after a coarse partial filtration of the bottom of the tank, was bottled in Oct 2012. Approximately 2,366 bottles were produced.

Winemaker's Comments

Deep and rich in colour, with dark fruit and depth of aroma, giving hints of cinnamon and spice with liquorice. The palate expresses a coating textural richness with clear minerality, suppleness and elegance leading to a long, linear and tactile profile. It shows sinewy strength and fine granular tannins travelling alongside; volumising and plush fruit.

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