2018 Bell Hill Chardonnay

Bell Hill |North Canterbury |Chardonnay
Wonderful and rare NZ Chardonnay, full of tension and power. As always, just a few bottles available.

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Bell Hill Chardonnays are perhaps the pinnacle wines of the Waipara (Canterbury) region - full of restrained power and delicacy, flecked with citrus and chalk, and with incredible length. They come with an impressive cellaring resume.

This is a blend of their old vine Chardonnay block, Limeworks, and their Roadblock vineyard site. Whole bunch pressed for extra structure, matured in french oak for 12 months.

Very rare, and very beautiful, this is powerful and pristine NZ Chardonnay with a core of velvety elegance. Just gorgeous.

The Bell Hill Chardonnay is a blend of the Shelf and Limeworks blocks. The Shelf and Limeworks 2009 were crushed, and the Limeworks 1999 was whole cluster pressed, all followed by 12 months in French oak (25% new), 8 months in tank and then bottled on the 9th of December 2019 with a pH of 3.53, TA of 5.6 g/L, and alcohol of 13%. 2,341 bottles were produced.

Flint struck at first with white florals, very reduced at present, needing time to open. Lovely entry on the palate with fennel, anise seed and Mexican orange blossom. Good fleshy fruit weight with fine acid length and mouth-watering mineral finish.

93 Points - "Wonderful focus and intensity with a seductive saline, mineral character driving a very lengthy finish. Powerful, vibrant wine with impressive energy. Distinctive." - Bob Campbell (The Real Review)

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