2019 Bell Hill Pinot Noir

Highly Rated
Bell Hill |North Canterbury |Pinot Noir
A rare bird of NZ wine, the Bell Hill Pinot Noir is arguably one of the most sought-after and highly collectable Pinot Noirs in the country.

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The Bell Hill Pinot Noir is one of New Zealand's most sought-after wines, offering a truly world-class expression of the Pinot Noir grape. This 8-barrel blend comes from select parcels across the Bell Hill vineyard, including Shelf, Quarry Rootlings, Roadblock, and Slope.

Crafted with meticulous care, all the fruit is destemmed and spends 23 to 28 days on skins with both cold pre-ferment and warm post-ferment macerations. After basket pressing, the wine matures in 100% new French oak for 12 months, followed by 7 months in tank before bottling. This process yields a wine of remarkable structure and finesse, reminiscent of Burgundy.

The nose is captivating with aromas of dark cherry, plum, and hints of forest floor. On the palate, the wine is elegantly structured with fine tannins, balanced acidity, and complex layers of red and black fruits, spice, and earthy undertones. The finish is long and sophisticated, promising excellent ageing potential.

With only 2,485 bottles produced, this rare wine is a collector's gem, ideal for cellaring over the next decade.

97 points
"It has an effortless grace and beautifully filigreed detail that stamps this vineyard as one of the greatest pinot noir sites in the world."
- Nick Ryan (The Australian)

96 points
"Lacking depth of colour but showing surprising power with flavours that suggest red cherry, floral/red rose and fresh herb flavours. Vibrant, high energy pinot noir that will mellow with bottle age. Elegant wine."
- Bob Campbell MW (The Real Review)

The Bell Hill Pinot Noir is an 8-barrel blend of the Shelf parcels, the Shelf West, Quarry Rootlings and 10/5, Roadblock and Slope. All of the fruit was destemmed, and each block had 23 to 28 days on skins with cold pre-ferment and warm post- ferment macerations. After basket pressing, the wine went into 100% new French oak, it was racked and blended after 12 months and had 7 months in tank before bottling on the 28th of October 2020 with a pH of 3.54, TA of 5.8 g/L and an alcohol of 13%. 2,485 bottles were produced.

97 points - "Cold and wet weather during flowering in the spring of 2018 severely impacted the pinot noir yields for this vintage, but what has been produced is spectacular. Its spell is cast initially on the nose, blood orange and wild raspberry, some wild sage and coriander seed. But it’s in the mouth that the magic in this wine is so evident. It has an effortless grace and beautifully filigreed detail that stamps this vineyard as one of the greatest pinot noir sites in the world." - Nick Ryan (The Australian)

96 points - "Lacking depth of colour but showing surprising power with flavours that suggest red cherry, floral/red rose and fresh herb flavours. Vibrant, high energy pinot noir that will mellow with bottle age. Elegant wine." - Bob Campbell MW (The Real Review)

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