2019 Bell Hill Chardonnay

Highly Rated
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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Description

The Bell Hill Chardonnay represents the pinnacle of what Waipara (Canterbury) has to offer. Crafted from a blend of old vine parcels—Limeworks, Shelf, and Roadblock—this Chardonnay embodies both power and delicacy, with a core of succulent fruit that's truly captivating.

The winemaking is meticulous yet traditional. The fruit is whole bunch pressed, matured in French oak for 12 months, followed by 7 months in tank before bottling. The result is a rare and beautiful expression of New Zealand Chardonnay and one of the country's most sought-after, with only 2,000 bottles produced.

On the nose, it presents bright yellow fruits and lifted white floral notes, underpinned by wet stone. As the wine opens, it reveals more restrained mineral and flinty aromas. The palate is a masterpiece of texture and balance, starting with a tactile, salivating profile with focused acidity and tension. You'll find flavours of white stone fruits and a touch of lemon meringue, all carried by a lovely linear flow and elegant restraint.

With its impressive cellaring potential, the Bell Hill Chardonnay is not just a wine to enjoy now, but one to treasure for years to come.

98 points
"Intense, vibrant chardonnay with pronounced saline/oyster shell character giving a nod in the direction of Burgundy. A backbone of fine, taut acidity adds energy and suggests cellaring potential. Powerful, beautifully structured wine that is threaded with mouth-watering tension."
- Bob Campbell MW (The Real Review)

96 points
"A blend of several key blocks on the vineyard, fermented naturally, matured in new French oak for 12 months then rested in tank for another seven months before bottling. At five years it remains a wine of coiled tension and latent energy. Floral treble, jasmine and citrus blossom. Funky bass, struck match, discarded oyster shells on a fire hemmed by quartz rocks. Unwavering focus, graceful drive, the length and precision that only great vineyards can build."
- Nick Ryan (The Australian)

The Bell Hill Chardonnay is a blend of the Shelf, Roadblock and Limeworks parcels. All the fruit was crushed before pressing, followed by 12 months in French oak (predominantly 1- to 3-year-old wood), 7 months in tank and then bottled on the 28th of October 2020 with a pH of 3.48, TA of 6.2 g/L, and alcohol of 13%. 2,000 bottles were produced.

98 points - "Intense, vibrant chardonnay with pronounced saline/oyster shell character giving a nod in the direction of Burgundy. A backbone of fine, taut acidity adds energy and suggests cellaring potential. Powerful, beautifully structured wine that is threaded with mouth-watering tension." - Bob Campbell MW (The Real Review)

96 points - "A blend of several key blocks on the vineyard, fermented naturally, matured in new French oak for 12 months then rested in tank for another seven months before bottling. At five years it remains a wine of coiled tension and latent energy. Floral treble, jasmine and citrus blossom. Funky bass, struck match, discarded oyster shells on a fire hemmed by quartz rocks. Unwavering focus, graceful drive, the length and precision that only great vineyards can build." - Nick Ryan (The Australian)

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