Bell Hill Pinot Noir 2013

100% Pinot Noir; this is a fifteen barrel selection from the Shelf, and select barrels from the Quarry, the Slope, The Roadblock and the Westbank vineyards in the Weka Pass region of North Canterbury.

Some of the blocks were fermented with 9% to 21% whole cluster and the remaining lots were processed with a combination of whole berry and a smaller proportion of crushed fruit. All ferments had 27-28 days on skins with cold pre-ferment and warm post-ferment macerations. After basket pressing, the wine was put into 100% new French oak, then racked and blended after 12 months in barrel, with 6 months in tank.

Winemaker's Comments

Dark, slightly brooding fruit, quietly revealing its aromas, hinting at dark berry, spice, flowers and perfume with protein and iron notes. Showing a lively palate with a vibrant structural core of acidity and even tannins providing the platform for the fruit to reveal itself over time. Quite tightly bound, but also speaking of elegance with a mouth-filling mineral finish.

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