100% Pinot Noir; a fifteen barrel selection from the Shelf and select barrels from the Quarry, the Slope, the Roadblock and the Westbank. Bell Hill's vineyards are located within an old lime quarry in the Weka Pass of North Canterbury.
All ferments had 27 to 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. It spent 6 months in tank and only 4,458 bottles were produced.
Dark and slightly brooding fruit which quietly reveals its aromas, hinting at dark berry, spice, flowers and perfume with protein and iron notes. Shows a lively palate with a vibrant structural core of acidity and even tannins, providing the platform for the fruit to reveal itself further over time. Quite tightly bound but also speaking of elegance with a mouth-filling mineral finish.
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