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2016 Bell Hill Chardonnay

North Canterbury, NZ

Showstopping Chardonnay at the peak of new world examples of the variety.

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Destroys the bulk of fancy Burgundy. Dive in, people.

Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

The wines of Bell Hill hold an almost mythical status amongst collectors of New Zealand's finest and rarest wines.

Marcel Giesen and Sherwyn Veldhuizen reject the term 'winemakers', they consider themselves 'winegrowers', seeing the creation of wine as a wholistic, all-encompassing mission. Their Bell Hill dream commenced in 1995 when they found their dream plot of land: a limestone slope in North Canterbury that would be perfect for growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with incredible structure and longevity.

Today their wines are rarely seen outside of the finest restaurants. The role-call of critical acclaim for these wines is as long as your arm. No list of New Zealand's most important wines would be complete without these beautiful creations.

The Chardonnay shows incredible power and intensity. A blend of their best fruit from the blend from the Shelf, Limeworks blocks planted in 2009 & 1999 and the Roadblock, this has an almost impossible density and extension of flavour.

This sits comfortably amonst the finest Chardonnays of the new world.

Wine growers Marcel Giesen and Sherwyn Veldhuizen
Wine growers Marcel Giesen and Sherwyn Veldhuizen
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From The Producer

The Bell Hill Chardonnay is a select barrel blend from the Shelf, Limeworks (2009 & 1999 blocks), and Roadblock. The fruit was a combination of whole cluster pressed and crushed but not de-stemmed, depending on block, in our tank press followed by 12 months in French oak (20% new) and 7 months in tank. The wine was bottled on the 3rd of November 2017 with a pH of 3.30, TA of 6.3 g/L, and alcohol of 13%. 3,240 bottles were produced. We kept a portion of the Limeworks block aside and have bottled this separately as a single block blend which we plan to give more time and release with the 2017 vintage.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml

Bell Hill vineyard
Bell Hill vineyard
North Canterbury, NZ
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James Suckling

"Bell Hill Chardonnay 2016 Very intense, very refined and very complex chardonnay with a lemon, yellow-grapefruit and white-peach nose, as well as flinty, stony notes. Continues with a very intense palate that has cool, white and yellow peach flavors and a chiseled, refined long finish. Superior power and refined, pristine fruit here. Drink now." - Nick Stock (JamesSuckling.com)

97Points
The Wine Front

"Flint and steel, green apple, floral notes, water biscuits. So precise and tight, racy, insanely minerally and pure, energy to burn. Purity, freshness, vibrant and just so damn energetic, the whole thing mouthwatering and delicious, like the finest texture married to the most tense fruit character. How is this possible? It’s mesmerising and memorable. People will talk about their experience with this wine. Damn. Wow." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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Crazy good Chardonnay from a top top producer.

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