Bell Hill Pinot Noir 2013
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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98 POINTS & WINE OF THE WEEK - The Real Review (Bob Campbell MW), Aug 2016
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96+ POINTS - The Wine Front (Gary Walsh), Nov 2016
96 POINTS - Wine Anorak "An Extensive Tasting of Pinot Noir from North Canterbury" (Jamie Goode), Jan 2017
91 POINTS - Wine Spectator, NZ Recent Releases (Mary Worobiec), Jul 2018
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9.5 POINT - Vinography "New Zealand's Heart of Limestone" (Alder Yarrow), Apr 2017
BEST OF 2016 CURRENT RELEASES - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW), Jan 2017
"Best of New Zealand In 2016, I continued to see sparks of brilliance among disparate pockets of New Zealand’s Pinot Noir plantings.... 2013 Bell Hill Pinot Noir, Canterbury: Bell Hill’s unique limestone slope in North Canterbury continues to yield one of New Zealand’s finest Pinot Noirs. Still a newly established site in the big scheme of things, the future of this already highly sought-after wine is very exciting indeed."
PINOT 2017 "DAY ONE ROAD TRIP" - Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, Jan 2017
"Bell Hill North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2013 Light ruby-red colour. This is an amalgam of finesse and intensity, showing cherry and berry fruit with pure floral elements and subtle herb nuances. Is there any whole cluster? If so, very integrated. Brilliant balance on palate with vitality of fruit, red berry and cherry, with fine herb suggestions, a touch of mineral. Very fine extraction, and acid tension and energy. Classical beauty here."