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AIR NEW ZEALAND
FINE WINES OF NEW ZEALAND 2018

Bell Hill Chardonnay 2014 Ripe and full flavoured stonefruit and citrus, but with a mineral/herbal edge and hint of matchstick flintiness. Creamy biscuit texture to start on palate, but tightly focussed finish with salty lime minerality, and vibrant acidity.

Bell Hill Pinot Noir 2014 A wine defined by power, finesse and presence. The oak is toasty, spicy and savoury perfectly accompanying damson plums and ripe raspberries. Whole bunch pressing imparts an exotic perfume note bringing further character.


JOE CZERWINSKI
NEW ZEALAND NEW RELEASES
THE WINE ADVOCATE
MARCH 1, 2018

Bell Hill Pinot Noir 2014: The 2014 Pinot Noir was entirely destemmed, yet it's fresher and redder in fruit profile than the 2013. Sous bois notes accent cherry and raspberry aromas on the nose of this elegant, medium-bodied wine. There's ample complexity on the palate as well, where herbal notes seamlessly entwine with the fruit, finishing fresh, silky and long. 94 Points, Drink 2020-2030

Bell Hill Chardonnay 2014: Bell Hill's 2014 Chardonnay somehow manages to deliver ample weight and richness in the absence of overt fruit. Delicate notes of struck flint, pencil shavings (it saw 16% new French oak for 12 months) and wet stone expand in the mouth to deliver volume and flesh, but the fruit is restrained, offering subtle hints of white nectarine and pineapple on the mid-palate. Finally, peach and citrus notes burst free on the lingering finish. It's a fine, unique expression of New Zealand Chardonnay, just not representative of the overall market. 94 Points, Drink 2018-2025

Bell Hill Old Weka Pass Road 2014: Spicy and savory, with tart cranberry and pomegranate fruit, the 2014 Old Weka Pass Road Pinot Noir is drawn from young vines on the property and other barrels that didn't make the main blend. It's medium-bodied, silky in feel, turning crisp on the finish. 89 Points, Drink 2018-2020 


ELLIN MCCOY
NEW ZEALAND'S NEW BIG THING IS PINOT NOIR
BLOOMBERG.COM
FEBRUARY 13, 2018

Bell Hill Pinot Noir 2013 The vineyard at this tiny winery is in an old limestone quarry, and the pinots have won kudos since the first vintage, 2003. This vintage has layer after layer of black cherry fruit and savory minerality, as well as rich, silky texture.